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Fabian wrote:

> >Well, in general sound (and in the transcription of q and x),
> >it reminds me of my own conlang - as does the historic tense.
> >Perhaps we should do a Swadesh on both?
> >
> >The There seems to be a bit of Chinese in, too, at least, to my
> >uninformed ear.
>
> Whats a swadesh? It sounds painful.

I believe it was Irena who asked if there were any lists available that
would indicate what kinds of words are most common in world natlangs,
and I pointed out that certain linguists (glottochronologists to be precise)
use what's called the Swadesh list (named after Morris Swadesh) to
try to figure out the time at which two languages diverged. That's of course
not important to most people here, but the list is also excellent for finding
what the most fundamental words in most languages are.

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