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Re: May you all...

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Friday, February 8, 2002, 21:13
On Fri, 8 Feb 2002 19:19:46 -0000 Jonathan Knibb
<jonathan_knibb@...> writes:
> >>> > Steg Belsky wrote: > > Hmm... Rokbeigalmki also uses the vowels _o_ and _i_ to represent > > masculine and feminine [...] > He-he... Still {o} :: {i} opposition as m :: f may be found in Gypsy > (Rromani). [...] > <<<
> Are we dealing with a case of 'high front vowel equals smallness, > low back > vowel equals largeness' (the 'itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny yellow polka > dot bikini' phenomenon...)?
- Not for Rokbeigalmki... the pronouns in Rokbeigalmki (which were borrowed from ool-Nuziiferoi, my and my brother's first conlang) work on a vowel system: /a/ = me /E/ = you /i/ = her /o/ = him /u/ = it /V/ = epicene/animate/genderneutral/common (/&/ in ool-N.) These are based on the cardinal vowels of the 5-vowel system AEIOU. They probably got arranged this way because of: /a/ from the /aj/ of English "I", which can shorten to /a/ in "I'll" /al/ or /ajl=/. /E/ possibly the attention-getter "eh?" /i/ probably from English "she" and Hebrew "hi" (she) /o/ probably from Hebrew "oto" (him) and Spanish "-o" masculine ending /u/ i dunno, it just sounds inanimate to me /V/ (old /&/) don't know, just another handy sound. I changed from /&/ to /V/ because it seems like a more 'neutral', central vowel to me. -Stephen (Steg) "mew hast meep get frog and a smelly sock!"