|From:||Steve Kramer <scooter@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, August 30, 2001, 20:40|
Well, my language is off to a start. It even has a name - Simafira
I thought I'd post on some aspects of my language, just to see how they'd be
received, starting with the phonetics. Keep in mind that I'm working with a
brand-new knowledge of the subject, and experimenting from there...regardless,
For one thing, the script is completely phonetic. (Is this unusual?)
There are a few sounds missing to try and make the language "flow"
similarly to, but not exactly like, a Polynesian language. Affricates
were done away with, softened to [f] or [Z]. The sound for "r" is [R]. I also
removed [g], [v], and [z]; [v] was reassigned to [f], [z] to [Z]. Words
themselves are constrained so that they may not end with a stop.
Also, somewhat oddly, I lost [T] and [D], since I've heard these used in
enough conlangs to try and soften them that it themeth that everyone who
conlangth is thpeaking with a lithp.
I also made a weird addition - [K]. This might end up being dropped,
because none of my other speakers can make that sound!
(Hope I'm using this X-SAMPA correctly. Thank you to whoever suggested
There are five vowels - [a E i o u]. I'm putting them together to form
dipthongs, though I don't know if those technically count! As an example,
there's an /eo/ sound that I borrowed from Baltimore...it's a very opened-up
/o/. It's why Baltimoreans who are headed to the beach are sometimes
transcribed as "gaywin' downy ayshin" (say it out loud). I also tend to drop
into some of my French sounds when speaking it, so [Y] and [O~] may yet make
their way in.
I'll cover the beginnings of Simafira grammar in a later message. For now,
comments are more than welcome!
Steve Kramer -=oOo=- scooter at buser dot net
Thought for today:
Maj. Burns: "I won't let you down, sir."
Col. Potter: "There's no way you can."