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New Language, minimal phonology

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Saturday, February 26, 2000, 7:34
On Fri, 25 Feb 2000, Matt Pearson wrote:

> >Hey, since we've been talking about massive phonologies, how about the other > >extreme? Any ideas for a conlang with as FEW consonants and vowels as > >possible? I'm thinking something like the following nine: > > > >Vowels: a i u (3) > >Consonants: p t k s m l (6)
Fun. How's this? Not only does this language have a minimal phon ology, it also has the broadest possible division of conceptual space, making context important and innuendo easy. For example: ptak = to take, to give kik = freedom, hope, power, refuge mal = community, family, any close group of people tama = teaching, law, truth, wisdom umi= three stal = abstract idea counter sa = term of respect, name marker i = accusative marker u = locative marker "in, on, near, by" at = definite article ak = first person singular nom. pronoun Hence, the Three Refuges, or "umi stal kik" ak ptak i kik u puta-sa I take refuge in the Buddha. ak ptak i kik u tama-at I take refuge in the teaching. ak ptak i kik u mal-at I take refuge in the community. Which could also mean: I give refuge in (the name of) the Buddha. I give refuge through the teaching. I give refuge to the community. Or I take freedom from the Buddha. I take freedom from the teachings. I give freedom to the community. Mmmmm. I've got a warm happy feeling. ;)