I took the sound changes that lead to Vulgar Latin and then the changes
that formed Modern Georgian from the former language and applied them to
it. I also took note of how Georgian handles the adoption of new words from
other languages like English and Farsi.

I used a comparative lexicon of Romance languages to see where there was a
lot of variation in words and figured that it seemed as though it was more
natural to use a substrate word (and example would be eggplant that varies
from melanzana in Italian to vănâtă in Romanian. I used the word badrijan).

Some of the grammatical features of the Kartvelian languages is also in
there, like a small bit of ergativity, but nowhere near to the extent of
Georgian itself.

I used the word "feel" only because I was quickly coming up with what might
be in the realm of what I should ask. I like the idea of maybe having a
list and having them check off what it seems it might be, and I'd love to
see the paper.

I also crafted the Declaration of Human Rights today too, so I have this

*T’ot’o umani nask’an libari e ekvali en dzegnit’a e en dzirtkhi. Eli son
dot’at dze rats’eona e k’onts’ints’a e dzevan jer ina alt’ri **k’on uno
sp’rito dze prat’ranit’a.*


On Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM, Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Are you planning to apply Romance sound changes to Karvelian, or vice-
> versa? What a fascinating project, either way. And what a wonderful,
> adventurous professor you must have !!!!
> On Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:35 PM, Christian Evans <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> ბონ დღე!
> I'm currently taking a special topics course in my Linguistics program,
> whose topic is on language creation and existing constructed languages. For
> this course, I'm working further on a language that I've had in the works
> for a while now, which is in the same vein as Brithenig, but with a
> Kartvelian substrate (as Georgian was the topic of an independent study I
> had last semester).
> My professor approached me today, and told me that she thinks I could and
> should turn the language into a research project and present it at an event
> called Thinking Matters, held at my school. Essentially, the idea would be
> something to the effect of "if researching the sorts of changes that might
> happen as mirrored by natural Romance languages, would these, applied with
> the effects of a substrate language (Kartvelian) produce something
> recognizable and effective as a Romance language."
> Why I'm writing is that she's offered me LIN 185 students to use for
> experiment fodder, and I want to come up with a series of questions that I
> can ask them to test how natural the language feels, but I've only managed
> to come up with something like "what sort of language does this feel like?
> (French, German, Russian, Arabic, etc.)" and asking them, if they speak a
> Romance language, to try and translate sentences. I'd love any other ideas
> people might have that could test some aspects of it's meat or feel.
> Thanks!
> --
> *Christian Evans*
> Chair of Expansion
> All-Greek Council
> University of Southern Maine
> *[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>* | (207)332-4561
> P.S. If anyone is interested in the language itself, I'd be happy to
> provide examples. I'm pretty proud of how it's turning out.

*Christian Evans*
Chair of Expansion
All-Greek Council
University of Southern Maine
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