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Re: Conlang puzzles (Was: Re: New monster word in Maggel ;))))

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Saturday, August 3, 2002, 23:24
Julien Eychenne wrote:
(re Maggel _g_ as a length indicator)
>Well, I was just wondering if a you could not imagine that it turned to a
voiced velar fricative (no problem here)then either to a voiced velar approximant or spirant (or even spirant > approximant) or to a uvular fricative (to me, it seems phonetically possible ) and then voiced uvular spirant. Whichever way you choose, I think it's easy to get a voiced uvular spirant close to french turned R (the voiced velar fricative/spirant/approximant can become uvular). Then it is really easy to make it disappear and get a compensatory lengthening. For example, the sound can become underspecified from the point of view of its articulatory properties, so it would be close to (voiced) h....> Very astute. The same thing happened in Gwr historical phonology with intervocalic and final *g, producing long vowels-- the other voiced stops *b, *d also lenited, ultimately > **w, y, then melded/diphthongized with the preceding vowel. (In some cases, I think, *g > G can >....@ too, resulting in some @-offglides.) This is one of the ways I derive the modern 8 vowels from the original 3, *i a u. The 9th vowel [3^] |r| is easy-- any premodern form of the shape **#(C)Vr# > Gwr /(C)r/ This gives me an evil idea-- perhaps some related language could retain the |g| et al. in its written forms, and we could have at least a Tibetan if not Maggelian writing system....