Babel text in Shfanzhol
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 5:57|
Adam Walker scripsit:
> I only noticed two occurences of doubled
> letters: in _tsoosh_ and _naa_ whadupwidat?
Todos and nada respectively: intervocalic and final d are gone, leaving
> And then there's the devine title, SHENZHOL.
Señor, as Steg says. No known Chinese influence here!
Roger Mills scripsit:
> Without an intensive read, it appears that maybe the reflexes of **/t/
> vary a bit: tsoa, siedzha, ajonteshio, oleiense, oslo(sh), todzhe,
> shableshielon, ashta, sienen, eshto. There is probably a system.....
I made some errors here. Generally t > s, but initially ts, but s
again before an i-glide. d > t initially and after a consonant (when
it's a stop, basically), disappears otherwise. I haven't decided what
happens to st (shs is just too bogus), and haven't been consistent.
The anaptyctic e has been lost, hence Shfanzhol, not Eshfanzhol.
The "Spanzhol" in the subject line (now fixed) was a failure to carry
through the sound changes sufficiently.
> Two "r"s crept in-- no doubt typos-- "I ushalon larizho en lukar...."
/r/ > /l/ only for the first instance (not countining rr or initial r,
which is phonemically rr). All others remain. There may be errors in
> Is "Bavel" right?? usually **b > p
> kjosamoshlosh should be kjoshamoshlosh, no?
> Otherwise it's fun, but ¡amor de dios, que feeeeeeeeeeo! tanto al
> ojo como al oído.
I hold no brief for the orthography, but I think it sounds rather nice,
Mark J. Reed scripsit:
> Affricativization (verbing weirds language!) of initial voiceless
> stops ([t] -> [ts], [p] -> [pf]); that's interesting. A response to the
> English-speakers' aspiration of what are in native monolingual Spanish
> unaspirated stops, perhaps?
I don't really know what the motivation might be. The changes to the
stops are precisely those of the 2nd (or High German) Consonant Shift
(not Grimm's/Verner's Laws, which are the First Consonant Shift).
As you conjectured, "j" represents /x/.
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