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Consonants for an underwater language and pie

From:Kendra <kendra@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 20, 2002, 23:54
Last night I was thinking about putting mer-people in my comic
(I even have a ridiculous origins story for them. I figue, why not?
I came up with it when I was 12, I'm allowed to have fun :P)
So I got to wondering what kind of sounds would work well
underwater, assuming that the person making the sounds was
'breathing' water at the same time. I decided to err on the side
of caution and rule out plosive sounds (please excuse me if my
terminology is stupid :P,) but I was wondering if trills would
work well (if at all) underwater Any thoughts on that ;)
I remember someone talking about underwater languages a
while ago... Unfortunately, for a while I wasn't getting list ML
because my mail server was being stupid, but that's another story.
I was thinking (tentatively) that the language might differ
on land and in the water (I think they're amphibious :P,) where
b underwater would be m and m underwater would be a longer
m; and above water b would still be b; but I don't know how
plausible that is unless they lived primarily on land, or
...something like that.
Anyway, anecdote:
My mom likes to go to Marie Callendar's because of their
frisco burger thing, and there's this really spazzy waiter there
who recognizes me (? I think I saw him once.) Apparently every
time my mom goes in, he asks her about how my languages are going :P
I don't recall ever telling anyone I was working on any languages,
I think I was discussing languages in fantasy worlds with my
sister or something... Oh well, it's still amusing, the only person
who thinks I'm actually doing any language-making is enthusiastic about
it, whetehr I am doing so or not :P
Ok..enough rambling :)

-Kendra -- Vade Mecum (comic)


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