digraphs in Lenmoct
|From:||Jake X <starvingpoet@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, April 27, 2003, 16:20|
['Sr\ejas 'sampat r\oUt]:
> > Hi all.
> > This is my first mention of my newest language (sketch),
> > Lenmoct. The name is pronounced ['lEm:VC] and means
> > mother-goddess. My goal was to create a reverse-sexist
> > conlang with an interesting- looking orthography.
> <clip interesting stuff>
> I'm a big orthography nut.
> Tell us more about your orthography, Jake. What's the methodology
> behind it? Is't more or less random, or do you have a methodology
> behind all your exotic multigraphy?Well, it's not completely random. Here is a list of all the digraphs
and their pronunciations and reasonings. Then I'll try to sum up.
my favorite. I saw the x sound as something aproximating |c| and |g|
but that could not be spelled easily with the latin orthography, barring
the use of h. I banned h from my orthography, because it was too simple
for making digraphs.
Based on the same reasoning as cg.
T adds breath. What can I say? There is no conventional reason for this,
nor does it make sense with t as a stop, but I used it. There were no other
sounds like [S] in my phonology (which would be |st| under this reasoning),
or I would have spread this rule farther.
ci: [j], cu: [w]
I thought that c looked good initially and it was a consonant, so could give
"consonantness" to the vowel following it.
The rolled r sounds like many d's in rapid succesion.
I reasoned that [Nm] was an invalid cluster and didn't sound well. (|n| is
in most places) All other cases of singular m were lost through sound
(except in pronouns) and what was left were these, with the unpronounced
|e| between n and m removed.
I think that's it. If not, too bad. So, for the most part, I was thinking
the way it would look as a whole and reasoning people would use without
a good background in phonology.
What do you think?
(I sent this out earlier as a personal message by mistake, so it it is to