OT: [relay] OT: Rhodrese
|From:||Benct Philip Jonsson <conlang@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 8:25|
Jo hay screut:
>> Chritxá de Val hat screut:
>>>> - ue: /2/ (/ø/).
>>> So |lengue| is pronounced /'lENg2/? Surprising...
>> No the _guV_ rule applies here:
>> - gu: /gw/ before a vowel.
>> Maybe the spelling should be _lenguhe_, but since
>> the plural is _ling_ anyway, perhaps the singular should
>> be _lenghe_ by analogy.
> I daresay unstressed final /2/ hardly exists, BTW.
The spelling lenguhe would be /leN'gu@/, so which of
_lénguhe_ and _lengüe_ would be best? The _ü_ would be a new
grapheme, but there would be some other cases where it comes
in useful, like AQUA > _agüe/águhe_. I find the _-guhe_
spellings ugly, though.
Since the wholly regular reflex of LINGUAE would be _lingo_,
perhaps the singular should be spelled _lingoe_, although
that would have been ambiguous in Old Rhodrese where oe was
a spelling for /2/ as i-affection of /o/ -- this Old
Rhodrese /2/ later unrounded to /e/, whereafter Old Rhodrese
/H2/ _ue_ monophthongized to a new /2/, the one preserved in
So perhaps analogical sg. _lenghe_ and pl. _ling_ or even
sg. _lengüe_ and pl. _lingo_? I hereby declare a referendum! :-)