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The Epinette de Vosges

Question: What is the Jovian word for "epinette", a kind of musical instrument from the Vosges region of France? Etymologically descended from Latin "spina", and would probably be related to Mid.Fr. espinette.

The epinette kind of looks like a rectangular American dulcimer (which is in fact a descendant of the epinette), has five strings (two chanterelles, three bourdons -- there's two more words you can devise for J!) and is plucked with a thorn-like quill. Hence the name. And for that matter, what is Vosges called in Jovian? See:,-epinettes-and-the-/epinette1.lwp/odyframe.htm for information on the instruments of the region. Elemtilas

Hmmm, SPINA ends up as pfina [pfi:n], with the diminutive pfionul ['[email protected]@l]. "Spinelet" doesn't seem that fitting a name for a boxy instrument, though. Maybe lira greiwa [li:r grejv] "lap lyre" or liorul ['[email protected]@l] "lyrelet"?
The Vosges is called Voscu [vASk].
The instrument is named for the "thorn-like" quill used to pluck the strings. Hm. "Liorul de Voscu"? How would "e(s)pinette" end up if the word were borrowed from French? Elemtilas

Swadesh List

Please complete the last line (pronunciation of the last ten words)... Kyrmse 07:57, 12 Jul 2005 (PDT)

Oop, sorry. Thanks for the idea of using the Swadesh list in the first place. The Jervan 15:33, 12 Jul 2005 (PDT)
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