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Re: nu alltr e gw alltr?
On Sun, 15 Nov 1998, Raymond A. Brown wrote:
> At 6:07 pm +1300 15/11/98, Andrew Smith wrote:
> >I'm not sure where Ray got the rule that germinated consonants don't
> geminated, I think :)
Obviously germination only happens to sick people.
> OOPS!! Amnesia must be setting in :=(
> Indeed, as it stands at the moment Brithenig is not being consistent. Most
> assuredly if '/'kwatro' --> 'cathr' and '/brit'tanika/ --> 'Brithenig' then
> /ak'kasa/ must become 'a chas'.
Well, I'm glad that argument held up.
> Otherwise if 'a cas' is retained then Brithenig should follow its sister
> tongues and reinstate 'catr' and, of course, rename itself 'Britenig' ;)
I realised a long time ago that Comroig would be a better name for
Brithenig, and it was too late then to change it. Actually now I would go
a step further and call the Brithenig-speakers *llo Chiw, the latin
equivalent of Combrogi in historical writings was Cives. Some things have
to be tolerated.
> But I recall that Italian has other prepositions which cause initial
> consonant gemination. Are there, therefore, other Brithenig prepositions
> which should cause spirant mutation?
More research! Punishment for my sins!
> Italian surely does not use a plural of 'uno'. It does have partitive
> articles in both singular and plural, but the plural is not obligatory as
> it is in modern French IIRC.
I looked up my old copy of Teach Yourself Italian and found Italian uses
di + the definite article; or alcuno/a/i/e; or qualche. So it's only the
Iberian languages that use unos/unas. I'll do some research on Breton and
then we might have to brainstorm this one out.
> Not 'nunu' - it's the name of an animated vaccum cleaner on a popular
> children's TV series here ;)
That wouldn't be the slightly psychodelic teletubbies would it? I have
seen them only once, and, what's worse, I was sober at the time!
Andrew Smith, Intheologus firstname.lastname@example.org
Life is short, so am I!
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