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<robot> and 'back in late June...'

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 7:47
> From: Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...> > Subject: Robot (was Re: CONLANG Digest - 7 Sep 2000 to 8 Sep 2000
> > >>> Dictionaries can't help much either, 'cause I don't trust mine much > after I > >>> see it tells me to pronounce <robot> as /"roU.b@t/ or /"ra.b@t/... > >> > >>How old was the dictionary? Cause I have heard /@/ used once or twice > >>in that word. I wonder if it's an earlier pronunciation? > > > >That /@/ is the only way my father ever pronounces the word. > > That is the only way _I_ ever pronounce the word!
Surely you wouldn't use the same vowel in the abbreviated form <bot> ? (<bot> -- affectionate term for robot à la MST3K, or animate computer program as opposed to mobile hardware)
> >Back in late June I had a brief conversation with Barry Garcia about the > >idea > >of a Phonological Relay.
Hadwanized: Bak in leits jun ai kadz a brif canvurisashin wiþ Bari Garisiya abaut ði aidziya av e funalujikul rilei. Of course, English has horrible vowels. ð and þ should be delta and theta, and J is just like English j, no tricks. In Hadwan there's not a Latin-style 'u' and 'o', just a e i u y. u is closer to /U/ (..? the vowel in book..). *Muke!