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Re: Some questions on phonology

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 19:28
On 13/10/2008, Falcata Lusa <falcata.lusa@...> wrote:
> If we could go back in time and see (and hear) the first speaking hominids, > what do you think their sounds could be like? > > Which points of articulation could they probably use for their pulmonic > consonants? More labial or more laryngeal? > Which manner of articulation? Would the fricative be the most common? Or the > plosive? Or other? > Would this consonants be more likely voiced or unvoiced? > Would they have click consonants in their language?
Have a look at , which attempts to create a Neanderthal-era language. It doesn't even go the route of specific, individual phonemes but applies features to syllables as whole. (So, for example, "bot" would not be a possible syllable because the "voiced" or "voiceless" feature would have to apply to the entire syllable, not just a phoneme at the onset or coda.) Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>