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Needed: Fresh eyes for phonology

From:Peter Clark <pc451@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 27, 2002, 0:57
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        With all this talk regarding the most beautiful of phonologies, I thought,
"Hey, time to look at Enamyn's phonology again." It was at that point that I
realized that Enamyn is really Tolkienesque. Judge for yourself:

Plosives: /p b  t  d  k/
Nasals: /m n/
Fricatives: /f v  T  s  S  x/
Laterals: /l  K/
Trill: /r/
Approximate: /j/
Affricates: /ts  tS/

Vowels: /i E a o M/ (/M/ represents unrounded /u/, and I am thinking of
de-rounding /o/ to /7/...)

        Please note that I am not aiming for the most beautiful phonology. If I
were, /tS/ would be right out. (Of course, the careful reader will note that
absence of /g/ and of all voiced fricatives, save /v/ :)
        I've gone over the IPA chart numerous times, and I cannot think of what
could be added, subtracted, included, whatever. Possibilities considered and
rejected: Palatization (too much like Russian), velarization (I don't hear
the distinction well enough), pharyngealization (too much like Klingon),
implosives and ejectives and clicks and retroflexes (ridiculous for the
language), etc.
        I don't know. Maybe someone will see a pattern in there. Maybe not. Maybe
I'm just crying over a beer (except I don't drink beer--wine yes, beer no)
and need someone to tell me that my little language will grow up just fine.
:) Comments welcome.
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