Re: CONLANG Digest - 7 Oct 2001 to 8 Oct 2001 (#2001-282)
|From:||Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 10, 2001, 8:54|
Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> wrote:
> From what you wrote above (and what I read in my book) its not clear if such
> a hypotetic word: 'neas' (I hope it's nothing vulgar ^_^) should be read
> /neS/ or /naS/ and how should be another hypotetic word (is it vulgar now?
> ^_^) /noS/ written 'neos', 'nios' or maybe even 'nias'.
Ah! That's *completely* different! That's nothing to do with anything being broad
or slender per-se. I can't really tell you what the rules are myself -- they're
burned into my head like a poem into an illiterate shepard's brain, but that
doesn't mean I can write them down. Just for reference here are how the words
you gave would be pronounced:
'neas' = /nyas/
'neos' = /nyos/
'nios' = /nis/
'nias' = /ni-as/
One little thing is that the letter `n' can't really be palatised.
Ok. I've spent a while pronouncing different words myself and I think I've
collected a list of all the different ways vowels and diphthongs are
represented in my dialect and accent anyway. Here goes.
Note: a' = a with a fada accent, etc...
a' = /O/ like `aw' in `saw'
a = /a/ like `a' in `pat'
e', ae, ei = /e/ like `ae' in `gaelic', but not as long
e = /E/ like `e' in `pet'
i', io, ui = /i/ like `ee' in `feel'
i, oi = /I/ like `i' in `tin'
o' = /o/ like `o' in `nose'
o = /U/ like `u' in `put'
u' = /u/ like `oo' in `tool'
u = /V/ somewhat like `u' in `cut'
ai, ea = /a/ at the beginning, /e/ in the middle.
ao = /wi/
eo = /yo/
ia, iai = /i-a/
ua = /wa/
iu = /iw/ like `ew' in `few'
o'i = /o-I/ with a short /I/
a'i = /A/ at the beginning, /wO/ in the middle
e'i = /e-i/
u'i = /u-i/
ea' = /e-a/
i'o = /i-o/
ai' = /ey/
aoi = /i/ at the beginning, /wi/ in the middle
eoi = /i-yo/
ea'i = /O-i/
uai = /u-a/
iui = /u-I/
I'm sure there's omissions and errors in that. The way I pronounce Irish makes it
sound like the bastard child of Connacht and Ulster Irish who emmigrated to
Keith Gaughan In the land of the blind, the
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