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Diacritics and Vowel Inventories (WAS: Chinese whispers game)

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Sunday, March 1, 2009, 0:20
--- On Sat, 2/28/09, Peter Collier <petecollier@...> wrote:

> > A luxury you can afford yourself because you are a > native > > speaker of the only language using the Latin alphabet > > which can be correctly written without diacritics, > > beside Latin itself. > > > > > > /BP 8^)> > > > Correctly written, but perhaps not optimally! > > Surely there must be a small language somewhere in the > Americas or the Pacific that is as diacritically inhibited > as English? Especially if the authograhy was devised by an > English speaker. > > P.
Some languages just use way too many vowels! ;-) I've always wanted to do a conlang with only three vowels. An open vowel somewhere in the general neighborhood of "father" and "fat", (exact location irrelevant), a somewhat broader vowel in the vicinity of "feet" and "fit", and a somewhat rounded vowel roughly in the neighborhood of "root" and "rote", again with no particular preference for exactly which somewhat rounded sound is used. It seems like {a, i, u} is a plenty large enough inventory of vowels to do an interesting conlang. In fact, I'll wager an acceptably comprehensible version of English could be devised using just those three sounds. --gary


Peter Collier <petecollier@...>