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Re: DECAL: Examples #2: Phonotactics

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Thursday, January 13, 2005, 18:46
On Wed, Jan 12, 2005 at 06:28:51PM -0800, Sai Emrys wrote:
> Same deal as last time. > > Q1: What are your allowable syllable structures? > Q2: Onset clusters? > Q3: Codas?
Ebisédian: (C)VCV...CVC(V). Yes, pretty boring, although there are a small limited number of allowed clusters: mainly [k], [k_h], [t], [t_h], [p], [p_h], combined with either [r`] or [l], in that order. Tatari Faran: Same deal. In fact, a lot more constrained, in that the only allowed clusters are a nasal plus another consonant, e.g. /n'/ [n?].
> Q4: Any changes depending on place in word, etc.?
Yes, /r/ is realized as [d] word-initially, and [4] medially. I decided to write initial /r/ as /d/ nevertheless, just to spice things up a bit. :-)
> Q5: Motivation / reasoning / goals behind this?
[...] I don't like consonant clusters. :-) Well, that's not strictly true... Tamahí, one of the descendents of Ebisédian spoken during the Era of Scattering, sports a LOT of consonant clusters and vocalic consonants, etc.. For example, _l3ri_ is pronounced [lr`i:]; _l3r3si_ is pronounced [lr`=sI]; and _t3m3_ is pronounced [tm=]. Basically came from dropping all unaccented /3/ from Ebisédian. For Tatari Faran, the reason for not using too many clusters was because I wanted it to have a certain kind of sound (specifically, an Austronesian-like sound). For Ebisédian... if I may reveal this dirty little secret... the motivation was that I already had a good idea about what the writing system, sanokí, was going to be like; and because of the way the system works, consonant clusters are a Bad Thing(tm). Also, I was just too inexperienced back then, and felt like I didn't want to deal with unpronunciable clusters (at least for me---I wanted, and still want, to be able to pronounce my own conlangs, you see). T -- Turning your clock 15 minutes ahead won't cure lateness---you're just making time go faster!