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Wikilret phonology

From:scott <sjcaldwell@...>
Date:Friday, January 7, 2005, 18:04
I'm finally getting around to posting the phonology for my conlang
Wikilret (literally true speak). Hopefully the website will soon

There are 18 consonants. Two have recognized allophones, s & h.
I have not yet come up with a regular way of deciding which
allophone is used. Any ideas?

The consonants are (followed by the CXS representation):
Stops: p /p/, b /b/, t /t/, d /d/, k /k/, g /g/
Fricatives: c /tS/, s /s/ or /S/, f /f/*, h /x/ or /C/, z /z/, j /dZ/
Approximants: l /l/, y /j/, w /w/
Trill: r /r/
Nasals: m /m/, n /n/

* actually not a labiodental, but a dentialabial; a sound articulated
with the lower teeth against the upper lip; ie. upside-down labiodentals
Thanks to Jörg for the terminology.

A rough ordering of the consonants: stops are most common, followed
by fricatives, then nasals and the trill, and finally the approximants.

There are 10 vowels: a /&/, ä /eI/, e /E/, ë /i/, i /I/, ï /aI/, u /V/,
  ü /U/, o /o/, ö /u/.
Rounded vowels are generally rarer than unrounded.
The most common vowels are: a, e, ë, u.
Less common vowels: ä, i, ï
Least common vowels: ü, o, ö

Syllables are in the form of CCVC. Any or all of the consonants are
optional. I have yet to define which consonants can “legally” form
consonant clusters within a syllable.

Stress - nouns: second-to-last syllable, others: last syllable

Compound Words - the head word(s) is the modifier, the tail word is
the “base” (as in English); so ranöhkep (literally battleblade) is a
blade for battle (ie, a sword)