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Number eight! (was: Re: Number nine, number nine.,..)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 7:37
At 00:19 10/05/00 CDT, you wrote:
>I was thinking the other day while on the bus, and wondered what would be >the minimum practical phonology for a language. (Which is in contrast to my >plans for Tech, where I wanted as large a phonology as reasonably (?) >possible.) I came up with six consoannts and three vowels: > >p t k >m n g (=[N]) >i a u > >No length, no tone, just these. Syllables are V, CV, VC or CVC, or n >multiple syllables words, (C)V(C)CV (if two consonants occur in sequence >they must be a nasal then a homogenous stop). So possible words would be: >a, ta, at, tat, atat, tata, tanta, tantat and so on. (The sequence [Nk] is >writtem 'nk', not 'gk'.) *Addendum: Two vowels can occur together but not >without a hiatus, especially two of the same vowel: aa = a-a, ai = a-i, etc. > >A tentative name for this language is "Number Nine", because of its >nine-letter alphabet. I offer this challenge to anybody interested... > >Then we can compare notes. Remember, *only* those sox consonants and three >vowels are allowed! > >Good luck, >
Hey hey... one of my first conlangs does better, with only eight phonemes: - four consonnants: k, m, s, f - four vowels: a, i, o, u Syllable structure V, CV, VC, or CVC, with CC-clusters allowed at the beginning of a word. The grammar I made at that time was quite impractical though... (hey, I was only 16 and didn't know much about linguistics :) ) Christophe Grandsire |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G. "Reality is just another point of view." homepage : (ou :