A look at Navajo...
|From:||Ed Heil <edheil@...>|
|Date:||Friday, April 30, 1999, 20:21|
I would really like to learn Navajo, since my stepfather speaks it. I was
just looking at it and it seems almost as if its phonology was *designed* by a
cruel linguistics professor. To slap the native English speaker in the face,
1. Ejectives. t', sh', lh', and so on.
2. Vowel length distinctions. a isn't aa, and e isn't ee.
3. Vowel tone distinctions. Short vowels can be high or low, and long vowels
can be high, low, rising, or falling.
4. Vowel nazalization distinctions.
And that's just the *phonology.* I haven't even got near the grammar or
It'll probably be a fruitful source of conlang ideas if I can push myself
through it though.
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