|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 siNGleNo distinction between /N/ and /Ng/?
> d as in Deer p as in Pipe
> dh as in THat r as in RockPa^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 ValleyThis 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, bOrrowDoes 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, fIreOnly 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, vAryHmm. 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, fURryCan 'e-umlaut' be used for the sound in refEr?
> i as in bIt, rIng, vIrulent î as in bEEt, bEArd, wEAry
> unstressed: rEfer, citYUnstressed /I/ rises to /i/ when word final.
> o as in bOss, wrOng, Orange ô as in bOUght, wALk, shOreHmm. 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 Smith, Intheologus email@example.com
alias Mungo Foxburr of Loamsdown