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Re: Three vowel systems (was: Brr)

From:Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...>
Date:Thursday, August 2, 2007, 22:08
T. A. McLeay wrote:
> Joseph Fatula wrote: > >> John Vertical wrote: >> >>> I've gotten the impression that 3-vowel conprotolangs are popular for some >>> reason. >>> >> I'm not sure why that would be the case. The ancestral language to most >> of the langs I've been working with over the past few years has a >> 9-vowel system, plus length, making it 18. It tends to reduce down in >> the descendants, though one of them subsequently brought it back up to 10. >> >> The 9-vowel system is /a i u O e o { I 1/. The later 10-vowel system is >> > > Do I read you right in claiming a vowel system comprised of /i: i I: I > 1: 1/? Is there an anadew for that? >
It contains those sounds, yes. I'm not sure whether to call the last vowel /1/ or /E/, it seems like it's somewhere in between those when I'm pronouncing it. Is this a very strange system? It seems like Hungarian has one about as complex. ____________________________________________________________ GET FREE SMILEYS FOR YOUR IM & EMAIL - Learn more at Works with AIM®, MSN® Messenger, Yahoo!® Messenger, ICQ®, Google Talk™ and most webmails


T. A. McLeay <conlang@...>