A Vocabulary of the Fazoglo Language

1849 Proceedings of the Philological Society  
A. abandoned, wa6 ; un abandoned above, Qssur. abroad, hoii. house, shbllwa6. the vowels a, e, i, o and u may appear as half-vowels, separating consonants from one another precisely after the manner of full vowels ; but a t the same time being exceedingly short. Each however forms its syl!able; indeed it sometimes happens that in a trisyllable, or even in a quadri-syllable, there may be no more than one single full-toned vowel-the remaining syllables being formed by thr half-vowels-abdrrr"k=n
more » ... vowels-abdrrr"k=n sort of snake ; ngi y's'lub"k=I stride over ; ng'nda k's'b't=they divide. Here we may see that in one and the same word (as in the second example quoted above) three different half-vowels map occur, any one of which may take an accent, just like a full-toned vowel. Nevertheless it is easy to believe that the ear has difficulty in distinguishing between them, although in some cases it is important to do so, inasmuch as a difference of meaniug may depend upon the distinction. Thus ng"n=milk, ngrn an adverbial suffix, si,pifying how, whilst ng'n=the hand. These half-vowels continually occur, the two commonest being a and e. Followed Sy n it becomes the nasal ng, as in long, going. Whether initial o i middle it preserves this sound, or rather that of the German ng in words like Klengen, Engel, where the harder after-sound of the English g is wholly wanting. This sound differs but slightly from that of the next letter. I do not attempt to describe the manner in which these two allied sounds differ from each other. Examples occur in the words ig4n=a tooth, ddezg=above. liuwrn=the descendant, dye; (or 0;) =father, master. G has always the sound of the English g in go. Of the ng there is a modification which I represent by i g . The Spanish n. The diphthongs are au, ai, ei, oi, ui and Li.
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