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Thread #59418 Message #1388209
Posted By: Rapparee
25-Jan-05 - 01:13 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
The "G" in the word "Geez," when referring to the language, is actually pronounced with a soft "ch" sound, as in the Latau word "aliagij". In the case of the word "Geez" (in this context) the soft "ch" is overlain with a sibilant and a glottal stop-click as in the Bantu word we render as "gnu."
It might be helpful to know that the Geez language usually placed the descriptive adjectives after the predicate -- in English, a sentence would read "Bill read ugly dumb beautiful a story to Mary" while the meaning would be "Ugly Bill read a dumb story to beautiful Mary." This was not confusing to native Geez speakers, but was difficult for those learning the language to conceptualize. Also, the language used only the past and future tenses, as the world view of the original speakers had no more grasp of the present than they had of the pluperfect.