Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Saprutum

From:Keith Alasdair Mylchreest <kam@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 14, 2000, 3:16
Basilius wrote :

>> <?> is a voiceless glottal or pharyngeal stop, distinctly >> pronounced.
> Oh... either glottal or pharyngeal... for me, not quite the same... > and on your site you mention 'uvular', in addition... or do you > mean that the pronunciation isn't known exactly to modern scholars ;) ?
There is some doubt about the exact pronunciation in ancient times, but since Saprutum was adopted as a second language by a number of different speech communities the point of articulation may have varied from place to place. The consonant system was a lot simpler than proto-semitic and slightly simpler than Phoenician and pre-lenition Hebrew. 19 or 20 consonants as against the 22 of the Phoenician alphabet. The sound written here <?> seems to correspond to both 'aleph and qof in other semetic languages. The phonemic structure of the "throat" sounds is clear enough, there are voiced and unvoiced occlusives /q, ?/ and fricatives /#, h/ Is this credible or don't things work like that when you get back into the throat? I suppose /q/ could be [R] if a voiced occlusive isn't possible, but I don't really want [R] if I can help it.
>> <q> is the voiced equivalent of the above, a sort of strangled "g"
See above. Seems to derive from "ayin but the point of articulation may have shifted.
>> <#> which should really by a barred-"h" is a voiced [h] sound,
> Did you mean *hooked* h?
Hooked-h is probably the IPA symbol (depending on the exact point of articulation). In the orthography I'm using the symbol is a barred-h, capital an H with a double cross-bar, although any diacritic on an <h> could be used to distinguish it from plain (voiceless) /h/[h]<h>.
> Basilius, > coincidentally looking through various Semitic stuff for his own conlangs
Please point me to anything you find on-line relating to Semitic historical/ comparative linguistics. Good luck and many thanks for your interest, Keith