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Re: Phonology of a Whistle-Lang

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 27, 2002, 19:06
On Tue, 27 Aug 2002 13:23:34 -0500 Tony Hogard <james.hogard@...>
> Interesting! Do you intend for the voicings to be static, or have > tone and follow the shapes of the whistles? > If voice-tone and whistle-tone were independent, you could have > more phonemes, or voice-tone could mark grammar, etc. (this lang > might require a _lot_ of practice!). > -LowTone
- Wow, i didn't even think of that. I guess i was assuming that the voice-tone and the whistle-tone would be parallel, i think that's how i've been pronouncing it. I guess it would depend on the context of the language... if i want it to be some kind of alien avian language, i'd add phonemes of differing tones... or maybe just have a two-tiered phonology of overlapping whistle-tones and voice-tones that are functionally independent of each other... if, on the other hand, i want it to be a human language (maybe the secret code of some super-secret society), i'll keep it the way it is now. Maybe i should just make more than one whistle language... or someone else could pick up the idea if they want. -Stephen (Steg) "verbing weirds language." ~ calvin [& hobbes]