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 http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr/pleisto.html , 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
Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>