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Re: A Retro-Phonology for Jases Lalal

From:James Worlton <jworlton@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 3:09
sandat John L. Leland:
> Jases Lalel Labal > Phoneme transcription in Jases Lalal. > Unlike many conlangers, I do not have a primary interest in phonology;
I find it hard to get away from, but perhaps that is my musician's training influencing my conlanging (lots of ings there...). I unfortunately don't know a lot about phonology, but I'm working on that. (Anyone know of any good _specific_ resources? (other than natlangs themselves obviously)
> I think of my languages as the remains of the written texts of > ancient civilizations, not the living languages of current speakers > (though I am not consistent on this, since my concultures have ongoing > histories) > In the example of Jases Lalal, I developed a written transcription > of the language and used it for some time before asking > myself how it was pronounced. I have now tried to work out a reasonably > consistent way of pronouncing it, though I have to say > that I do not follow it rigorously when reciting bits aloud to myself. > In particular, I am not satisfied with the ew, iw and uw combinations. > John Leland
Perhaps the 'w' could attach to the next consonant as a labialization in those cases. Your vowel system does seem pretty symmetrical and regular, why not merge some of them, like E -> e for example, but keep the orthography. English certianly uses many orthographic representations for its vowels. If I knew more, I could comment further, but as it is I probably have already made insufficient sense. :)
> Transcription X-SAMPA > > Vowels > > a { > ah A > aw O > e e > eh E > ew eu > i i > ih I > iw iu > o o > oh @ > ow aU > u u > uh U > uw uU > y (as vowel) aj > Consonants (in Jases Lawan alphabetical order) > j d_Z > m m > n n > t t > b b > k k > d d > f f > g g > h h (initially and medially) > l l > p p > s s > v v > w w (initially and medially) > x k_s (medially and finally; initially it tends to tS) > y (as consonant)j > z z
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