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by Shayquanne Taylor
11 Jan 2017 19:01
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

On the notion of the Romani people, I have looked into their history, and they seem to come from northwestern India, where my family (at least according to what some of you have been suggesting) would have been coming from southeastern India or even southern China or the Indochinese peninsula (I kno...
by Shayquanne Taylor
10 Jan 2017 22:13
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

Hm... so, is Kidden just then like a mash-up of different languages? If so, and particularly from India and South-East Asia, then how did we wind up in Albania or Syria? There is no recorded migration of people from the Burma region to Eastern Europe or the Arab Near East. Especially not more than 1...
by Shayquanne Taylor
10 Jan 2017 03:50
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

qwed117: For some background, my family has been in America since at least the 1920's and looks neither Indian nor Chinese. We look, at best, slightly Hispanic, like a lighter-skinned Arab, I guess. We have no recollection of being from China or Eastern Asia at all. Our faith is Christian, most clos...
by Shayquanne Taylor
10 Jan 2017 02:16
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

While I was typing, you guys posted a few new things, so I shall respond. First, to the suggestion that this is somehow related to Chinese, I can't see how that is possible given the geographic distance of my ancestors to China. Next, as to the pronunciation of "Hoo," everybody says "Hoo" and not "O...
by Shayquanne Taylor
10 Jan 2017 01:29
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

Hmm... now, looking at it, I do not know what the "right" word-order description is. When I typed that, I was thinking about the sentence "I box open," but that rule is not strictly true. What tipped me off was the sentence "dog see I want," which has a very odd structure now that I think about it. ...
by Shayquanne Taylor
10 Jan 2017 01:24
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

Oops, not Subject-Object-Verb. I misspoke. Sorry.
by Shayquanne Taylor
10 Jan 2017 01:21
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

qwed117: I would expect it to be Indo-European, given where we come from, but very few of the words are cognates of words in Indo-European languages. The language does not sound like it when spoken. Also, while the numbers 5-9 have some similarity to Indo-European languages, 0-4, 10, 100, and 1000 d...
by Shayquanne Taylor
09 Jan 2017 22:16
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

GrandPiano: That is interesting. I did not know that, but I guess it makes sense. The question would then be how did the "h" sound get almost entirely wiped from the language but stick around in just a few words?
by Shayquanne Taylor
09 Jan 2017 21:56
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

A few notes on my last post: 1) The number 1000 is better transliterated as just "Oo," because the "H" sound is less common in Kidden. It happens, but I have an inkling that it was not the original pronunciation because "H" is such a rare sound. 2) New / "Siw" is pronounced like "to sue somebody for...
by Shayquanne Taylor
09 Jan 2017 21:13
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

Davush: Thank You for replying. I am also confused as to why I cannot find any other speakers of Kidden or who use this writing system. My best guess is that, wherever we came from, was probably rather poor, and that there might be other speakers from whatever "old" country who just haven't gone onl...
by Shayquanne Taylor
09 Jan 2017 02:11
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

So, I have one question about transliteration: there are different pronunciations of different words. How do I work with this? I am trying to do a PinYin-style input panel, so should I just go with the closest English approximation of the most common pronunciation of a word? Should I pick one standa...
by Shayquanne Taylor
08 Jan 2017 21:37
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

qwed117: I have a dictionary of about 2,600 words (I just did a rough estimate of my word list), and a list of about 500 unknown or roughly-defined characters. I like your idea of using the Swadesh list to see if it is related to any other languages or otherwise to classify it. My follow-up question...
by Shayquanne Taylor
06 Jan 2017 18:12
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Re: Pinyin-Style Input Panel

Hello, I am terribly sorry for abandoning this post (it is unlike me to do so). So, to reply first to the idea to hijack the CJKV character set, yes, I could do that. I looked at your reference link, and it does seem to fit the mould. That said, (and ironically), I happen to know Chinese and would n...
by Shayquanne Taylor
09 Apr 2016 00:37
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Pinyin-Style Input Panel
Replies: 33
Views: 4954

Pinyin-Style Input Panel

Hello, I am unsure as to whether this is the correct venue for me to address this, but I will give it a shot nonetheless. I have been engaged in an effort to preserve a language, known as Kidden, which exists in my community. Insofar as I can tell, only my family and a few others in my community spe...