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LINGUIST List 12.1887: "Buying" Languages, Phonological Complexity. Tue Jul 24 2001 Qs: "Buying" Languages, Phonological Complexity Editor for this issue: Karen Milligan <karen> We'd like to remind readers that the responses to queries are usually best posted to the individual asking the question. Directory Message 1: buying languages Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2001 13:18:19 -0700From: Catriona Hyslop <chyslop>Subject: buying languages I am researching an Austronesian language spoken on the island of Ambae in Vanuatu. regards, Dr.

Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue Message 2: Phonological Complexity / Phoneme Length Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 16:45:10 GMTFrom: frenchtouch><frenchtouch>Subject: Phonological Complexity / Phoneme Length. Blog » Blog Archive » Humboldt’s parrot. There’s a story that in 1799 the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was exploring the Orinoco and Amazon rivers and documenting the languages and cultures of the tribes he encountered there. While spending time with one tribe of Carib people, he asked them about their neighbours and rivals, the Maypure, who he was keen to visit. He was told that the Maypure had all been killed recently by the Carib tribe he was visiting, however they did have a couple of the Maypure’s pet parrots who spoke some of their language.

Von Humboldt took the parrots back to Europe and transcribed their words – the only record we have of the Maypure language, which is also written Maypure, Maipure, Maypore or Maypore’. There seems to be some doubt whether this story is true: there is no mention of the parrots in von Humboldt’s meticulous journals, but there are phonetic transcriptions of the Maypure words he heard on his travels. Kusunda, a language like no other? | “bad Linguistics” Complexity in language. [Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index] To: lojbab@access.digex.netSubject: Complexity in languageFrom: (Jacques Guy)Date: Thu, 15 Dec 1994 00:27:26 +0100Comment: Issues related to constructed languagesReply-To: conlang@diku.dkSender: conlang@diku.dkVersion: 5.5 -- Copyright (c) 1991/92, Anastasios Kotsikonas Acting under duress (John Cowan urges me to repost this here), I repeat here what I posted not very long ago on sci.lang about the old saw, found in the FAQ, that all languages are equally complex.

-----------------Start of quote--------------------------- From: (Jacques Guy) Date: 1 Dec 1994 16:28:12 +1100 Newsgroups: sci.lang Subject: sci.lang FAQ This is a good FAQ, all in all. Mind you, since I don't work in a university, what irks Jon Aarbakke (who does) so much irks me little because GB and all that is so many light years away from me that it has me utterly unaffected. Tolomako language. Tolomako is a language of the Oceanic subgroup of Austronesian languages. It is spoken on Santo island in Vanuatu. Characteristics[edit] It distinguishes four numbers for its personal pronouns: singular, dual, trial, plural. Its verbs have no tense or aspect marking, but two moods, realis and irrealis. Substantives and numerals also have the same two moods. E.g. Someone is missing There is nobody. Tolomako proper is characterized by having dentals where the mother language had labials before front vowels. When labials do occur preceding front vowels they seem to be reflexes of older labiovelars: Compare with Fijian ŋata "snake" (spelt gata).

Phonology[edit] Tolomako has a simple syllable structure, maximally consonant-vowel-vowel: V, CV, VV, CVV. Deixis[edit] There are three degrees of deixis, here/this, there/that, yonder/yon. Nouns[edit] Tolomako has inalienably possessed nouns, which are regularly derived: Syntax[edit] See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit] Hypothesis: all languages are equally complex - sci.lang. Seen on alt.language.artificial. The Language Database - Voiauai. Hmong Dictionary - Dictionary Hmong. Pama–Nyungan languages. Palawa kani. Palawa kani is a constructed language, a project to create a generic language resembling the extinct languages once spoken by Aboriginal Tasmanians (Palawa). History[edit] Map showing the approximate ethnic divisions in pre-European Tasmania. The original Tasmanian languages became extinct in 1905 when the last native speaker died. As part of community efforts to retrieve as much of the original Tasmanian culture as possible, efforts are made to construct a language for the indigenous community.

Due to the scarcity of records, Palawa kani is being constructed as a composite of the estimated dozen original languages. Theresa Sainty and Jenny Longey were the first two "language workers" to work on the project in 1999. Sources[edit] The project employs various sources such as: the journal of George Augustus Robinsonthe records of the French d'Entrecasteaux expedition of 1793word lists compiled by Brian Plomleythe recordings of Fanny Cochrane Smith, one of the last native speakers Grammar[edit] A PEOPLE whose material culture is as simple as that of the Nuer are highly dependent on their environment.

Taa. Taa /ˈtɑː/, also known as ǃXoon (! Khong, ! Xóõ) /ˈkoʊ/[2] or Tsasi, is a Khoisan language known for its large number of phonemes, perhaps the largest in the world. Most speakers live in Botswana, but a few hundred live in Namibia. The people call themselves ǃXoon (pl. ǃXooŋake) or ʼNǀohan (pl. Taa is the word for 'human being'; the local name of the language is Taa ǂaan, from ǂaan 'language'. Relatives[edit] Until the rediscovery of a few elderly speakers of Nǁng in the 1990s, Taa was thought to be the last surviving member of the Tuu language family. Dialects[edit] There is sufficient dialectal variation in Taa that it might be better described as a dialect continuum than as a single language. West Taa: Traill's West ǃXoon and Dorothea Bleek's NǀuǁʼenEast Taa ! Traill worked primarily with East ǃXoon, and the DoBeS project is working with ’Nǀohan (in East Taa) and West ǃXoon.

Alternate names[edit] Westphal studied a variety rendered ǀŋamani, ǀnamani, Ngǀamani, ǀŋamasa. Phonology[edit]