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Re: Uusisuom language (Online lesson)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, March 30, 2001, 6:52
At 6:33 pm +0100 29/3/01, Daniel44 wrote:
>Let me try and make the pronunciation matter clear once and for all. > >The letter 'y' is pronounced with a completely rounded mouth. It is very >similar to the 'oo' sound in the word 'bOOt'. This would seem to correspond >with the phonetic symbol <u>. The letter 'u' is spoken with a less rounded >mouth, the tongue is raised toward the palate more and it sounds very >similar to the 'oo' in the word 'tOOk'. This would seem to correspond with >the phonetic symbol <U>. > >In short: 'y' = <u> and 'u' = <U>. > >As for different sounds, there is no 'yy' in Uusisuom.
But that still leaves: {y} = [U]; {u} = [u]; {uu} = [u:] As Finnish does have {y} and {yy}, I had assumed the same for UUsisuom. As it does not, apparently, allow [U] to be lengthened (I assume that's what doubled vowels indicate), this begs the question: What vowels are allowed to be doubled/lengthened in Uusisuom and what are not? -------------------------------------------------------------------- At 10:36 pm +0100 29/3/01, Daniel44 wrote:
>Uusisuom's influences are Finnish and Lithuanian. I know very little Russian >anyway.
By which I assume you mean that the Russian influence is dropped - a wise decision, in view of your aims, I think.
>I really do believe Uusisuom would make a great international language >because it really is extremely neutral.
A non-European influence would add to its neutrality, maybe. How about Swahili?
>It is a unique and special language >and I thank all members of this list who have voiced their support for it so >far.
It certainly is unique, which gives an attractiveness as an artlang, at least. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================