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From:andrew <hobbit@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 4, 2001, 4:51
Am 07/03 21:55  Herman Miller yscrifef:
> All this talk about respelling English gave me an idea. > > Mârshen is the official language of the planet Mars; in origin it's a > dialect of English with its own spelling, regionalisms, and numerous > borrowings from the other native languages of the Martian colonists. > Mârshen spelling started as a sort of game among the first colonists, to > pass the time during the long and tedious journey from Earth. >
Maybe there were New Zealanders on that fleet of silver locusts. Their Ma^rshen descendents called themselves the Pa^kiya^ or Pa^kiha^ from the Pre-colonization Polynesian word Paakeehaa.
> The spelling of consonants in Mârshen is almost entirely regular. > > b as in Bet n as in Nice or siNk > ch as in CHirp ng as in siNGer or siNGle
No distinction between /N/ and /Ng/?
> d as in Deer p as in Pipe > dh as in THat r as in Rock
Pa^kiya^ Ma^rshen is non-rhotic.
> f as in Fake s as in System > g as in Gulf sh as in SHore > gh as in loCH t as in Tone
'gh' is pronounced like 'k' in Pa^kiya^.
> h as in Hat th as in THick > hw as in WHich v as in Valley
This dialect of Ma^rshen does not distinguish 'hw' and 'w'.
> j as in Jam w as in Witch > k as in Keep y as in Yoyo > l as in Love z as in Zebra > m as in Mouse zh as in meaSure > > Mârshen vowels, on the other hand, are a bit messy. > > a as in bAt, fAng, mArry â as in grAss, fAther, mArs > unstressed: lavA, llamA å as in wAtch, bOx, bOrrow
Does this mean if a /@/ follows an 'a'-based letter it is spelled '-a'? A stressed 'a' can rise in pronunciation to sound /E/.
> ai as in bIte, fIre
Only a minority of Pa^kiya^ pronounce this as /aI/, /QI/ is more common in their dialect.
> au as in shOUt, sOUr
/&U/ among the Pa^kiya^.
> e as in bEt, pEnguin, vEry ê as in bAIt, bEAr, vAry
Hmm. Very and vary are almost the same in my idiolect. I think it sounds like very /vEri/ ~ /vE:ri/.
> unstressed: Alive, sofA ë as in fUR, fURry
Can 'e-umlaut' be used for the sound in refEr?
> i as in bIt, rIng, vIrulent î as in bEEt, bEArd, wEAry > unstressed: rEfer, citY
Unstressed /I/ rises to /i/ when word final.
> o as in bOss, wrOng, Orange ô as in bOUght, wALk, shOre
Hmm. I would spell orange as 'ouranj' in this orthography.
> unstressed: Obey, echO õ as in bUt, tOngue, wOrry > oi as in bOY, cOIn > ou as in bOAt, gOld, shOW > u as in pUt, fUll, fOOt û as in bOOt, tOUr > unstressed: hindU, voodOO ü as in fEW, nEW, pUre >
Can 'u-umlaud' be used initially or does it need a 'y-' in front of it? - andrew. -- Andrew Smith, Intheologus alias Mungo Foxburr of Loamsdown


Herman Miller <hmiller@...>