|From:||Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, June 30, 2007, 9:07|
I'm working on a new project, and I may have stumbled across something
bizarre. This conlang doesn't seem to have any phonemic vowels at all.
There are pronounced vowels, but [vowel phones] are in complementary
distribution with [no vowel phones]. Let me give you some examples
phonemes > phonetic realization
/tdzn/ > [tadzana]
/ktds/ > [katdasa]
/hrt/ > [harta]
The vowel phones are entirely predictable from knowing just the
consonant phonemes, which leads me to think that the vowels themselves
are not phonetic. Am I analyzing this correctly? It just seems too
bizarre, and yet I can't think of a good reason to claim that vowels are
phonetic in this language.
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