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Thorn in Finlaesk

From:Paul Bennett <paul.w.bennett@...>
Date:Sunday, September 16, 2007, 6:16
With many thanks to many people, I'm now down to the following
phoneme/grapheme set in Finlaesk:


  p t       k ?
  f s z S K x
  m n      (N)
  w     j

Vowels in first syllable:

  i i:
   e e: @ @: o o:
    E         O
        A A:

Vowels in non-first syllables:

  i i~
   @ @~
    A A~

This is a larger system than Algonquian, and a smaller system than Old
Norse, and I think I like it.

I have (more or less) the following orthography ...

  a sc e f h i j k kj l hl m n n o p s sj sk t tj u z ø ·
  A sk e f x i j k tS l K  m n N o p s S  Sk t tS w z @ ? acute for long vowels, macron for nasal (for i, @, and A), and
ogonek for open (for e and o).

My question is about representing /K/. Every /T/ in ON becomes /K/ in
Finlaesk, but not every /K/ comes from /T/. Bearing in mind that in this
AU, there is significantly more contact between East Norse and West Norse,
such that the sound /T/ itself will not be unknown (and may yet be
reintroduced via some borrowings and phonemic calques (is there a word for
this?)), does it make sense to write {thorn} for /K/?



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