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CB Notation [was: glottals]

From:Barbara Barrett <barbarabarrett@...>
Date:Monday, January 26, 2004, 19:21
Andreas asked;
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From: "Andreas Johansson" <andjo@...>
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Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 6:02 PM
Subject: Re: [CONLANG] glottals

> Quoting Barbara Barrett <barbarabarrett@...>: > > > Barbara Babbled;
> > replace post volic [t] with [?] so "hot" becomes /h;@?/ and "butter"
> > /b;v?3:/
> Andreas asked; > What's the semicolon meaning here?
Barbara Burbbles, it's an instuction that means "visualise upside down". I use the Coutts-Barrett system (natch, as one of its co-devisors) and in that system the syntax is; <visulisation inscuction>PHONEME<articulation instuction> so /;v/ is v upside down, the IPA letter for the "weak u" vowel. When the older ASCII/IPA systems were devised the @ symbol was made on a 16x8 pixel grid and looked rather like a backwards "e", so it made sense to use it (as the closest match) for the shwa, however modern screen reolutions mean in most fonts it is a round "a" (or alpha) surounded by an open circle/spiral and the round "a" (or alpha) is the IPA for the low back rounded, or "broad a" sound so it made sense to us to use the @ for it as it looks much more like an alpha nowadays than a shwa (our "closest match" shwa by the way is /6/ although /;e/ is acceptable in the CB notation) the /;@/ is therefore the back rounded weak broad "o" which in IPA is the alpha upside down. My copy of the full system is, alas, on a dead hard drive, and Robert Coutts has buggered off to parts unknown for the time being, but it'll see the light of day eventually. I think it'll be useful for conlangers as it covers "disordered speech" (such as a nasal hiss) and "imagined sounds" (auditory illusions) such as voiceless trills (implosive and explosive - like a cat's purr!) and so might cover a lot of "alien" phonemes ;-) I'll be putting up a website (I hope) around the end of the summer, and I'll need to have had data-recovery done on the old hard disk by then, so a full printable PDF of the CB system will be made available on the web (fingers crossed) ;-) Barbara


David Barrow <davidab@...>
Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>