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Re: Opinions on English (was Re: basic vocab)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, September 18, 2000, 21:35
On Mon, Sep 18, 2000 at 05:01:01PM -0400, Nik Taylor wrote:
> Roger Mills wrote: > > But somehow I doubt I'll ever introduce nasalized vowels into a > > conlang. > > I had them for one conlang. Didn't much like that one. Nasalized > vowels are now for proto-forms. :-)
[snip] I *love* nasal vowels! They're like a way to increase the number of monosyllabic words you can have in your language... very important for highly inflected conlangs where each word occupies quite a large space in the set of possible monosyllables. Also, nasal vowels have that nice hollow ring to it that's useful for interjections -- e.g., "huh" sounds more huh-ish when pronounced nasally :-P Of course, I'm biased by the fact that my mother tongue distinguishes between nasal and non-nasal vowels. E.g., [Kirsh] /i:/ = aunt, /i~:/ = round/circular (there's a specific tone to it as well, but I forget which tone number it is). T