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Crisp Languages (was: Thought and Language)

From:Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
Date:Friday, December 18, 1998, 3:39
Tom Wier wrote:

>For some reason, I like languages that have a "crisp" sound to
>them, like Latin and Greek, ones that have definitive beginnings >and ends, as it were. I don't really know how to explain it. >Hmmm. :)
Sounds like Boreanesian. All words phonetically start with a consonant (or two) and end with at least a pharyngeal constriction of varying degrees (i.e., voicelessness or /h/, creakyness or /?/). If a word does end in a consonant, then these pharyngeal constrictions are superimposed on them. This is because pharyngeal constriction is a function of tone/register and all words have phonemic tone/register. Words that sound like they start with a vowel actually start with a glottal stop. In my opinion, what makes Boreanesian even more crispier is the rule that roots always have a major CVC syllable which optionally preceded by minor CV syllables. So even if stress is always on the final (major) syllable, roots are easily distinguished. A crispy morphology as well, if you may. I too like languages with a crispy sound. So the languages that have inspired Boreanesian are Polynesian, Quechua, Inuit, and Algonquian languages, and also Matt's conlang Tokana. The form of Boreanesian words is inspired by Mon-Khmer languages. Regards, -Kristian-