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I came across this blog article today:
http://lughat.blogspot.com/2011/03/from-hatred-to-singing-in-two-easy.html
"From hatred to singing in two easy steps".

In it, the author describes how _šnu_ "sing" in Kabyle apparently
derived from Arabic _šani'a شنئ_ "hate"... which seemed a bit
improbable at first, until he found a plausible link. (Read the
article for details.)

Anyway, I thought it's an interesting article on conlanging,
especially in the case of diachronic development or borrowing, where
derivation and/or cognacy is obscured by shifts like these. And that
if all relationships between words are obvious, the development may
not be very naturalistic :) (For example, if a Romlang can be easily
read, with correct comprehension, by anyone with a good knowledge of
Vulgar Latin and a cheat-sheet of sound changes.)

Cheers,
Philip
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