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Re: Phonology sketch

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, August 11, 2006, 13:19

John Vertical writes:
> With all the overall phonology discussion goïng on, here's one I've > started recently. Comments welcome, altho it's pretty unfinished. I'm > posting this more to show my working techniq. > > Onsets: > /p p_l t t_w tK tS tS_w k k_w/ > /b b_l d d_w dK\ dZ dZ_w g g_w/ > /P P_l T T_w s s_w K h/ > /m m_l n n_w n_l/
I like the design. Especially when comparing with some Salishan languages, is does not feel at all far-fetched -- the lateralisation is a nice extension. Have you considered adding ejectives and/or uvulars? It would fit, I think, again with Salishan languages in mind. :-)
>... > I'm also thinking a third stop series might fit in, but I can't think > what it could be. Hmong has prenasalization, but I'm not trying to > make a clone of it. Ejectivs don't feel like they'd fit well together > with lateralization, >...
Ah, you have. Why not? I can pronounce it and the ejective lateral affricate /tK)_>/ at least is quite common. :-) As to prenasalisation, I am very fond of it as an allophonic variant of voiced stops. I think Hakka has it, I'm not completely sure; it was a Chinese language on Taiwan, IIRC. I got the idea from there and implemented it in Qþyn|gài (S7), which has /t/ [t] vs /d/ [nd] etc. (also for its clicks). (BTW, it also has lateralistion, but for /t/ and /q/ and realised as [tK] vs. /qK/). S7 does not include many clusters, but in the current sketch of S11, the same contrast exists and the prenasalisation is lost when another consonant precedes, so /aba/ [amba] vs. /alba/ [alba]. Just a though... **Henrik