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The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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Arapaho Language School
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tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: October 19th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

It IS very sad. Over the past several years I've been collecting things on Pite, to document them properly. Including sound files and whatnot. Not sure what I'll do with them, but I feel that it's good to have them. Especially since Pite had no formal writing system.

That sounds like a fantastic book. I'm definitely going to be reading it.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 19th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

It's good that you're collecting sound files and so forth. At least there will be an imprint left as a fossil language. If you talk with other linguists, you may find something to do with those materials. Many linguists are interested in documenting moribund languages.

Is there a writing system that's a decent match for Pite Sami, or is it different enough that there are sounds or changes not easily marked in extant systems?
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: October 19th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

Yeah.. I'm quite sure it will be useful to somebody. My primary interest in linguistics (and what I went to school for) is the opposite side of language - creation, not death.

Most people who write in Pite Sámi just use the Swedish system of phonetics, though sometimes Finnish accents are introduced.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 19th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

I'm interested in many aspects of linguistics, but sadly it's not what I studied in school. I'm far enough along that I'm starting to wish I could take some classes in linguistics.
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