Apologies for posting this so late. Technical difficulties.
In this episode we explore the curious Himmaswa and its Chinese-inspired writing system.
Top of Show Greeting: Swiss German (Zurich dialect)
Links for Himmaswa:
I’m still loving the podcast 🙂 I’ve got a question for you guys this time. I was trying to use obviation in my language, Nashtuku, so I ended up going down a rabbit hole of papers trying to grok the entirety of the effects it has on a language. I was reading a paper about how it can be used with word order for focus ( Focus, obvation, and word order in East Cree http://tinyurl.com/c2xshhf) and I realized that I now have three options:
pameni re‘agwidi ‘akireseseli’
pameni re-‘agwi-di ‘aki-re- seseli -’
child obv-dog-acc prog-3(obv)-see- 3
re’agwidi pameni ‘akireseseli’
re-’agwi-di pameni ‘aki- re- seseli-’
obv-dog-acc child prog-3(obv)-see- 3
pameni ‘aki-agwi-sechali-’ ** the change in the verb is because of transitivity madness, I can explain more if you’re interested 🙂
child prog-dog- see- 3
I was thinking of making the leftmost position the focus position, so the first sentence would be ‘it is the child that sees the dog’ the second would be ‘It is a dog that the child sees” and the third is where I got stuck… I think it would be the most basic so “the child sees the dog”. I’m wondering if this is too subtle of a distinction to make with just word order trickery, or do other languages do this? I know from what I’ve been reading that at least the first two are distinctions made in natural languages, I was just wondering about the third. Could perhaps you do a show about obvation? I’ve been reading about the algonquin languages, but apparantly there are other languages in Africa and Asia that use it as well…
Also, I have a suggestion (since my last suggestion caused what sounded like a lively debate 🙂 ) It would be neat to put out a sound chart and ask people to make a language using those sounds, then you guys either create one as a show, or separatly create one, so you can compare all the madness and wonderful crazyness that can be done with just a simple phonology. If you wanted to go completely nuts, leave that and when you do a practum, ask people to restrict themselves to those sounds to make a language that wields whatever topic you’re talking about. It could be a lot of fun 🙂
Joe Schelin /’ʃəlin/ (you got it exactly right last time, and I squee every time I listen to that episode :D)