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A Retro-Phonology for Jases Lalal

From:John L. Leland <lelandconlang@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 9, 2004, 4:46
Jases Lalel Labal
 Phoneme transcription in Jases Lalal.
Unlike many conlangers, I do not have a primary interest in phonology;
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
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
Transcription    X-SAMPA


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


James Worlton <jworlton@...>