>Way cool.. Thanks. >How well did it go? Far too easily. >Book for the story yet? Working on it, but life & illness have been intervening. >How did you come to what it in way of syntax, sounds, and more? For sounds, I took Eastern Cree as the core, and added a few from Old Norse which I thought most likely to have been adopted: [@], [QU], [l], [r\]. [@] is found in Mi'kmaq*, and [l] & [r\] exist in loan words in Western Cree, so I assumed Eastern Cree could also adopt them. [ð] occurs in Western Cree, but often in positions where Eastern & Central Cree have [ts]; I chose [ts] because I like the sound more, and excluded [ð] as I didn't want that close a phonetic pair. I initially considered keeping [sk] and [st], but found I was pronouncing them [s.k] and [s.t]. I'm considering dropping /jj/ as I never use it. Cree has [i:], [i], [o:], [o], so I took the liberty of reassigning [i] & [o] respectively as [Q] & [I]. I added [E] & [U] for symmetry and to support [QU] in Old Norse loan words. When I vocalize Miskuts, I tend to use [u] rather than [U], and have considered dropping the latter. Most probably, I should have pared the vowels to [a],[e],[i],[o],[u]. Ah, well, it is, after all, my conlang. I stripped away all class & case endings except the Cree locative suffix /-kk/ (homogenized for animate & inanimate nouns) and the nominalizer /-vin/ I stripped away all person, tense & aspect affixes from verbs (even Icelandic middle-voice of which I'm fond) except the inanimate-object suffix /-im/, requiring that context either state or imply these. IIRC, Cree indicates clauses with the prefix /e-/ on subjunctive verb forms. This I reduced to /ets/ preceding the clause. >You sure they was Cree on Vineland, I forget, >Cree is a .. its own group or one of the others? As best I could tell, the Skraelings of Vineland would have been most probably Beothuk, Innus (Montagnais), or *Mi'kmaq. Little is known of the Beothuk language, thought it is theorized to have been related to Eastern or Central Cree; and modern Innus & Mi'kmaq map closely as variants of Eastern Cree. They're all Algonquin languages.