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Re: Conlang with whistles

From:Paul Roser <pkroser@...>
Date:Thursday, February 20, 2003, 19:03
On Sun, 16 Feb 2003 20:31:10 -0500, Rachel Klippenstein
<estel_telcontar@...> wrote:

>Hi out there, > >I came up with a neat idea for a new conlang the other >day. This one is spoken on an island inhabited by two >thinking, speaking species: humans, and a type of >birds called in this language "WiSiWiSi". The >phonology of the language is a sort of compromise >between the sounds that humans and WiSiWiSi can make. > >Here is a description of the main dialect: > >Consonants >three stops: p, t, k >two normal continuants: w, s >two whistled continuants: W and S > >W is a "typical" labial whistle, and S is an alveolar >whistle.
I've played around with the idea of whistles in conlangs for a while, and usually consider there to be three or four possibilities: 1) labial (though all of my whistles involve rounding) 2) retroflexed (probably equal to your alveolar) 3) front trilled (superimpose an alveolar trill on the whistle) 4) back trilled (superimpose a uvular trill on the whistle) if you added non-whistled forms as well, you could have /r, R/ for the front trill and /x, X/ for the back trill. Bfowol ----- 'Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.' -Charles Fisher


Rachel Klippenstein <estel_telcontar@...>
Joseph Fatula <fatula3@...>