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U/Y debate

From:SuomenkieliMaa <suomenkieli@...>
Date:Monday, April 30, 2001, 14:27
--- Daniel44 <Daniel44@...> wrote:
> As to the ongoing 'u/y' debate, off the top of my > head I can think of only > one word from several hundred in Uusisuom that > actually uses the letter 'y', > apart from the pronouns (the word is 'kytti' - to > listen). As long as > pronunciation of the pronouns is mastered, I don't > see this as a significant > barrier to learners of the language. > > Daniel > >
Hi Daniel, Ray, all, Hmm, I guess I do not understand Daniel's apology (or, if not apology per se, "backing down") about the u/y in Uusisuom. I love that distinction, as it gives the language its own identity apart from 95% (not actual percentage all!!) of the world's tongues. I've incorporated the u/y distinction in my conlang Vya:a:h, not to mention other uncommonal pronunciation features. In fact I think the y appears much more than the u! (ie, hence that "ew" of "Jew" is more common than "u" of Spanish "tu" in Vya:a:h). Uusisuom does not hold accents, is consisted of short and pronounced-as-written words, so that u/y really is one vital part of the language - otherwise, it might just possibly blend in like any of the Romantic languages. Hope my two scents on the matter makes sense, Matt __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Auctions - buy the things you want at great prices