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Re: Aorfoenni - New Language

From:Jim Grossmann <jimg4732@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 22, 2005, 21:11
Hi, Joe,

1.	Phonology:   My U-of-Chicago Phonetic Symbol Guide suggests that
“a-umlaut” has been used to transcribe /a/ and “ae” across contexts.

Constraints:    What sequences of consecutive syllabic vowels does your
language allow?   What clusters?

Some of your lenitions entail C becoming C + V.    Strictly speaking, does
this qualify as lenition?   (I don’t know.)

Assuming that fortition is the opposite of lenition, some of the mutations
listed under this category do not qualify, specifically....

c > ch		d > zh 		l > slash-l	s > si		t > slash-l i

Two of the mutations listed under velarization do not involve making
consonants velar, specifically.   (They do involve following a consonant
with a back vowel, but AFAIK, that doesn’t count.)

th > thu 	s > su

2.	Nouns, articles, declensions:      I love this.   Really.    I’ve been
too lazy to create a “Wright’s Lost Grammar” conlang with lots of
declensions and phonological changes.   Hats off to you.

I’m having trouble understanding the illustration of voicing in the
Ideth-declension.   Which consonant gets voiced?

3.	Prepositions and pronouns look sound to me.

4.	Question words:   adverb-like?   noun-like?    adjective-like?     Why
can’t they just be interrogative adverbs, pronouns, and determiners?

5.	Other pronouns:    How do say things like “all of them,” “each of them,”
“none of them,” “two of them,” “some of them,” “another,” “others,” “the
other,” “everything,” “nothing,” “something,” “many,” “few,” “more (of
it/them),” “fewer/less,” etc?

6.	Adjecitves:     I’m surprised that the adjectives don’t have different
grammatical endings or mopho-phonemics across declensions.   But there’s
nothing wrong with your adjectives.

7.	Where are your adverbs?

8.	Reflexives:    Like the idea.   Here’s a minor point that will be easy to
address:       How do you distinguish between “She saw herself?” and “She
saw her face?”  and “She saw her (i.e. someone else’s) face.”

9.	Syntax:   Looking forward to seeing you add more descriptions to the
existing examples and generally finishing the section.