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Re: Kalini Sapak bits (or How to buse the letter "X" ...)

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Friday, November 16, 2001, 17:46
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
>En réponse à Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>: > > > > > Now, I don't want to use any digraphs (esp as that's only 23 phonemes > > and > > the Latin alphabet 's got 26 letters). My current idea is "q" for /x/ > > (Somali does this), "c" for /G/ (after-all, "c" is related to gamma > > ...) > > and, take a deep breath, "x" for /N/. I know this last is pretty > > counter-intuitive, but "x" is used for a bit of everything around the > > world, > > so why not a velar nasal? Also, pretty much everything else is already > > used. > > Anyone got any comments/ideas? > > > > The rest are going to be the same as IPA, except /j/ which'll be written > > "y" > > for aesthetical reasons. > > > >Well, as already someone proposed, I'de better see 'x' for /x/, 'j' for /G/ >and 'q' for /N/. At least, Spanish uses 'j' for the voiceless velar >fricative, >so it wouldn't be that strange that another language uses it for the voiced >velar fricative, especially since you use 'y' for /j/.
Well, it'll be "x j q" for /x G N/ then - everybody's made the same suggestion!
> > > > > In all likelihood, I'll come up with more, but what ya think this far? > > > >I find it neat and quite naturalistic. It seems that Kalini Sapak has a >semitic- >like structure, with three-consonnantal roots. Am I right?
You are. However, I know practically no Arabic (and even less of other Semitic langs), so likely I'm doing some things quite different from Semitic. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at