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I am saddened to receive this news.

I was a member of his Ceqli discussion group on Yahoo Groups, which was
active about ten years ago.

Besides being a cartoonist and inventor of Ceqli and its ultra-simple
self-segregating morphology, May invented a reform of Esperanto called
Texperanto, which, despite being done with tongue in cheek, was cleverly
executed and was accompanied by its own alternative history involving an
independent country of Texas.  He had a good sense of humor.

RIP, Rex May.

-Mike

On Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 7:21 AM, Puey McCleary <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> I shall miss Rex May also.  I discovered him from the cartooning side of
> things and only later learnt about Ceqli.
>
> Looking at his website, I see a short translation into Ceqli which I shall
> copy below to give us a sense of the language:
>
>
>
> STORI HU SRANMAZO
>
> Page history  last edited by Rex May 6 years ago
>
>
>
> 3P - third-person pronoun, LP - letter pronoun (refers to last referent
> that begins with the same letter), NE - name ending, PAP - progressive
> aspect particle, RP - reversal particle (switches place of subject and
> object), RSP - reverse separation particle, SP - separation particle
>
>
> do paba, snoy pweri gi pawja hu via tori.
>
> at-time-of some-past-thing young girl PAP foot-go RSP according-to street
>
> Once a young girl was walking along a street.
>
>
>
> da ten hoq sa har, kay begarm cinzo.
>
> 3P have red SP hair, and RP-clothing Chinese
>
> She had red hair and was wearing Chinese clothing.
>
>
>
> baran hay, kay to pweri bu xayn froy —
>
> rain exist, and the girl not seem happy —
>
> It was raining, and the girl didn't seem happy —
>
>
>
> peu dyar, kay befalo gaga sa xoqmaw!
>
> LP wet, and RP-follow very-big SP panda!
>
> She was wet, and was followed by an enormoust panda!
>
>
>
> gi bli, xoqmaw pelho to pweri! jiqkay peu bu beharm —
>
> during instant, panda fight-start the girl, surprise-and LP not RP-harm —
>
> Suddenly, the panda attacked the girl, but she wasn't harmed —
>
>
>
> poke peu fanpelho to di,
>
> opposite-that LP return-fight-start the animal,
>
> On the contrary, she counterattacked the animal,
>
>
>
> kay da kuldu pel kay pel, poynku kay pawku.
>
> and 3P all-two fight and fight, fist-hit and foot-hit
>
> and both fought and fought, punching and kicking.
>
>
>
> fu pocaq taym, da stoy pel, kay gen sa pawjaho....
>
> after opposite-long time, 3P stop fight, and again SP foot-go-start....
>
> After a short time, they stopped fighting, and again started walking.
>
>
>
>
> gersta, sta seym ceq, tendozo sonzo gi xaw pibarwa hu xoqmaw darlun.
>
> other-located, located same city, Tendo-NEe Son-NE PAP small-letter RP
> panda picture.
>
> Elsewhere in the same city, Tendo Soun was looking at a postcard with a
> picture of a panda on it.
>
>
>
> da venfa dasa ze fili —
>
> 3P come-cause 3d-person SP plural daughter —
>
> He called his daughters —
>
>
>
> "kasumizo! snabikizo! hakanezo!"
>
> Kasumi-NE! Nabiki-NE! Akane-NE!
>
> "Kasumi! Nabiki! Akane!"
>
>
> da tri ven, kay dasa pamo bol:
>
> 3P three come, and SP father speak:
>
> The three came, and their father said:"
>
>
>
> "go pipa bey pibarwa sali han go sa coqtaym fren.
>
> I small-past receive small-letter from one I SP long-time friend.
>
> "I just received a post card from one of my old friends.
>
>
>
> feu kay feu sa filo ven dodey! —
>
> LP and LP SP son come now-day! —
>
> He and his son are coming today! —
>
>
>
> feu bekyam saotomezo genmazo, kay to filo bekyam sranmazo."
>
> LP RP-name Saotome-NE Genma-name, and the son RP-name Ranma-NE.
>
> His name is Saotome Genma, and the son's name is Ranma."
>
>
>
> kasumizo deman, "kwa kaw da ven?"
>
> Kasumi-NE ask, "What cause 3P come?"
>
> Kasumi asked, "Why are they coming?"
>
>
>
> sonzo fanbol, "genmazo kay geu sa filo bi domin hu peldawxu —
>
> Soun-NE return-speak, "Genma-NE and LP SP son is master RP fight-way-art —
>
> Soun answered, "Genma and his son are masters of martial arts —
>
>
>
> goda tsil ke sranmazo kay han zi tri fu zbanho
>
> I-3P intend that Ranma-NE and one you three future spouse-start
>
> We intend that Ranma and one of you three will get married
>
>
>
> kay bafu ho bo hu tendozo peldawxuskul."
>
> and something-after become boss RP Tendo-NE fight-way-art-school!"
>
> and eventually take over the Tendo School of Martial Arts."
>
>
>
> to tri pweri begajiq! peu za plen, jiqkay peu bru sa tiq xum.
>
> the three girl RP-big-surprise! LP start complain, surprise-and LP sudden
> SP hear noise.
>
> The three girls were astounded, and started to complain, but suddenly they
> heard a noise.
>
>
>
> kasumizo bol, "pamozo! gozi befaqwen!"
>
> Kasumi-NE say, "Father-NE! I-you RP-visit!
>
> Kasumi said, "Fahter! We have a visitor!"
>
>
>
> sonzo kay snabikizo ja dor.
>
> Soun-NE and Nabiki-NE go door.
>
> Soun and Nabiki went to the door.
>
>
>
> bru sa danho gaga sa xoqmaw hu ber pweri sur spala!
>
> sudden SP in-start very-big SP panda RSP carry girl on shoulder
>
> Suddenly a huge panda entered, carrying a girl on his shoulder!
>
>
>
>
> pweri gi gaxum sa plen, kay xoqmaw posli grom.
>
> girl PAP big-noise SP complain, and panda opposite-at-least growl.
>
> The girl was complaining loudly, but the panda just grunted.
>
>
>
> tendozo famli begajiq sa xaw to du.
>
> Tendo-NE family RP-big-surprise SP see the two.
>
> The Tendo family looked in astonishment at the two.
>
>
>
> to balu (xoqmaw bi balu) pawstafa pweri samne sonzo kay to tri pweri.
>
> the bear (panda be bear) foot-located-cause girl in-front-of Soun-NE and
> the three girl.
>
> The bear (pandas are bears) stood the girl in front of Soun and the three
> girls.
>
>
>
> sonzo preyja to pweri kay bol, "kyu zi...kyu hayfey...zi bi sranmazo?"
>
> Soun-NE near-go the girl and say, "question you...question exist-can...you
> is Ranma-name?"
>
> Soun approaced the girl and said, "Could you...could it be...you're Ranma?"
>
>
>
> pweri xayn xeymten. da bol, "hay... go bekyam sranmazo.. gomen!"
>
> girl seem shame-have. 3P say, "yes... I RP-name Ranma-NE.. Sorry!
>
> The girl seemed ashamed. She said, "Yes... My name is Ranma.. Sorry!"
>
>
>
> sonzo joyho. Fu coq sa jam, seu sa fufilzbano cista!
>
> Soun-NE happy-become. After long SP wait, LP SP future-offspring-husband
> here-is-located.
>
> Soun was delighted. After a long wait, his future son-in law was here!
>
>
>
> seu jeluja, kay silno sa brajim sranmazo, prey sa srin pweri
>
> LP forward-go, and strong SP arm-squeeze Ranma-NE, near SP pull girl.
>
> He stepped forward and hugged Ranma tightly, pulling the girl close.
>
>
>
> jinghi ba bu haw. sranma sa sina komal! — tro sa komal!
>
> surprise-and something not good. Ranma-SP chest soft — too SP soft!
>
> But something was not right. Ranma's chest was soft — too soft!"
>
>
>
> sounzo juleja. seu fiqrzu culo pweri sa sina.
>
> Soun-NE back-go. LP finger-use perceive girl SP chest.
>
> Soun stepped back. He poked the girl's chest with his finger.
>
>
>
> ciba bi bukayn pwero, sonzo dum — jiqkay pweri!
>
> here-thing be no-kind-of boy, Soun-NP think — surprise-and girl!
>
> This isn't any kind of boy, Soun thought — but a girl!"
>
>
>
> da skrim kay somniho.
>
> 3P scream and unconscious-become.
>
> He screamed and passed out.
>
> Source of the story:
> http://ceqli.pbworks.com/w/page/5455984/STORI%20HU%20SRANMAZO
>
> On Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 7:07 AM, Raymond Brown <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > On 15/09/2017 11:28, Gleki Arxokuna wrote:
> >
> >> Rex May, the author of Ceqli language (probably the first loglanoid in
> >> history) died July this year.
> >>
> >>
> > That's sad news indeed.  I've missed Rex's posts and his humor.  Cegli
> > is a conlang I like.  Although it did begin life as a loglanoid, it
> > developed into something much more and IMO more interesting.  On my
> > website I quote what Rex wrote in 1999:
> > "Ceqli began as an attempt to reform Loglan and make it more
> > user-friendly. Since that beginning, it has departed more and more from
> > Loglan, and has become a language based on Mandarin grammar with roots
> > from everywhere."
> > http://www.carolandray.plus.com/Glosso/Glossopoeia.html#aux_or_enge
> >
> > Those unfamiliar with Cegli, do look it:
> > http://ceqli.pbworks.com/w/page/5455970/FrontPage
> >
> > Rex will be sadly missed. RIP
> >
> > Ray
> >
>



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