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“Dreaming in Swadesh” – microtonal song – 20 TET, 5 TET, 22 TET, (+ 12 edo)

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“SWADESH” refers to The Swadesh List, a group of 100 or so words that are are similar in most languages.

It is a list (or group of lists) showing the historical similarity in languages.

Everything in this song after the word “Glottochronology” is from the Swadesh List.

Music: Michael W. Dean
Words and speech: Phil Wormuth


LYRICS:
Speaking Swadesh
An exercise in linguistic glottochronology
Fish grease, dry claw, feather, egg –
louse-belly, knee, hand…
Bark dog! (tail what ear?)
This hair know rain, smoke, ash, sand.
Mountain cloud say cold – bite.
Tooth and tongue eat sun.
Eye see tree, seed, leaf, root –
burn the ear, eye, nose, mouth,
belly, breasts, heart, liver.
Eat yellow bird, swim; one-two…
hear dry horn bark hot.
Lie, sleep, die.
Good night. Dry moon walk black path.


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