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Col. Tartleton
11-10-2008, 21:54
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoan_language

Of all the eastern influences that the tau have, I'd never have seen Polynesian, but the structure of Samoan words looks exactly like Tau. Hell one of the Samoan islands is T'au. I kid you not.

Norminator
11-10-2008, 21:58
It does looks very similar, but it seems a little vague for GW to choose a Polynesian language to base Tau on....

Bregalad
11-10-2008, 22:28
If you look at words like these, you don't find any resemblance to Tau language:
"fah-ah-moh-leh-moh-leh", "fah-ee-ngoh-fee-eh"
GW just used weird apostrophes to give the words a strange look.

Templar Ben
11-10-2008, 22:47
All Polynesian languages use apostrophes to signify a break in the vowel sound. I don't speak ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i fluently but I dated a girl that taught in an ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i school when I lived on O'ahu.

I pronounce the words as if they were from Hawai'i though. ;)

sulla
11-10-2008, 23:18
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samoan_language

Of all the eastern influences that the tau have, I'd never have seen Polynesian, but the structure of Samoan words looks exactly like Tau. Hell one of the Samoan islands is T'au. I kid you not.

T'au? or Tau? It would be strange for Samoan to use a glottal stop after a consonant. They almost always occur between vowels in polynesian languages.

edit: Sure enough, it's Ta'u.

Clockwork-Knight
12-10-2008, 00:16
The Tau surely do have some influence from the isle groups of oceania in regard to civilisation, and of course Japan, if technology and aesthetics are concerned. Also, the Kroot quite ressemble the many old cannibal inhabitants of the oceanian isles (but also amazonian) who believed that eating their enemy would grant them the strenght of the fallen.