Formiko wrote:Salishan languages always scared the stuffing out of me. How are you getting along?
sasquatch wrote:Formiko wrote:Salishan languages always scared the stuffing out of me. How are you getting along?
I have been studying Halkomelem, in particular the Downriver (Musqueam) dialect, because praise be to Wayne Suttles' Musqueam Reference Grammar.
The biggest challenges are the billions of types of reduplication used to modify verbs and nouns and adjectives in many different ways, and in terms of phonology, glottalised resonants - in fact glottalised everything - are unusual distinction to get used to.
However, the language is amazing and I think when I try to say things I'm doing it correctly. Admittedly my sentences are fairly simple but what I've got is decent, IMHO.
księżycowy wrote:I have to add that from what I've looked at from Lushootseed, the grammar doesn't look that intimidating. Though I have also looked a little bit at Coeur d'Alene and though I can't speak for the grammar (as the book I have doesn't have any grammar explinations), but the phonology of that language is quite out there at times!
Though I have to point out I haven't really begone to study either of these languages yet.
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