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Re: Whisperers' Tongue

From:Anthony M. Miles <theophilus88@...>
Date:Thursday, July 24, 2003, 2:51
Whisperers’ Tongue
The Whisperers’ Tongue is spoken by the Whisperers, killer whale/shark/sea
serpent-analog humanoids to my seal/dolphin-like merfolk (c’yuun miihhii).

Since 10 (kh, gh, k`, g`, ky, gy, kk, gk, kq, gq, rq, lq) of the 36
consonants in the Whisperer’s Tongue have no IPA symbols, I’ve designed a
description instead.

Voiceless fricative – s
Voiced fricative – z
Voiceless lateral fricative – k
Voiced lateral fricative – g
Approximant – r
Voiced lateral approximant – l

Places of Articulation
C – alveolar
Ch – postalveolar
C` - retroflex
Cy – palatal
Ck – velar
Cq – uvular

s, sh, s`, sy, sk, sq
z, zh, z`, zy, zk, zq
k, kh, k`, ky, kk, kq
g, gh, g`, gy, gk, gq
r, rh, r`, ry, rk, rq
l, lh, l`, ly, lk, lq

All vowels are unrounded.
Plain           -#
Breathy -h
Creaky          -’
High Front      i, ih, i’ [i]
Mid Front       e, eh, e’ [e]
Low Back        a, ah, a’ [a]
Mid Back        o, oh, o’ [7]
High Back       u, uh, u’ [M]

"commune id vitium est, hic vivimus ambitiosa
"this is our common fault; here we live in ostentatious poverty"
Juvenal, Satires 3.182-3

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