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Re: A hypothetical Sci-Fi conlang scenario

From:Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Date:Thursday, July 29, 2004, 19:26
On Thu, 29 Jul 2004 15:02:53 -0400, Ben Poplawski
<thebassplayer@...> wrote:
> <<Where did the [r\] go?>> > > Well, it has been my understanding that [r\] has degraded to [@`], at > least in American English, and I would think that a speaker of Latin > would here it as [a]--or [&] or [6] or whatever. (That's how [@`] in > English transfers to Japanese, so there's the natlang example.)
[@`] yes, but not before a vowel, where at least you'd expect [@`re]. And Japanese generally does borrow this type with r-initial kana, e.g., "akuserereetaa" (accelerator). In any case, there's no reason to think the whole unstressed [@`] complex mightn't be heard as /r/, thus <excelretare> or further <exceldretare> (if it isn't folk-etymologized somehow to merge with <excellere>).
> <<But it would be a verb, so, exeleretare?>> > > Or exelaetare/excelaetare, considering the above paragraph.
Those last would at least have to be something like "excelaëtare" (with trema) or "excelahetare", certainly? *Muke! -- (my website) (conlangs and concultures)