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Re: Tech's Hacek

From:Danny Wier <dawiertx@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 8, 2004, 19:11
I can't remember if I replied to this e-mail or not! If I'm replying twice,
my apologies. I had to re-install Windows AGAIN, so I got really distracted.

From: "Emily Zilch" <emily0@...>

> "For example, 'tying together, marriage' is _ban^d_ (the ^ should be a > caron/hac^ek); its passive, _b@n^d_ (@ = inverted e, that is, 'schwa'), > means 'house, home, family, community', close to German _Bund_." > > Does this hacek indicate, as I have seen in most other cases, that it > is part of a unitary, prenasalised consonant rather than being part of > a consonant cluster? For example, Sinhalese uses this romanisation > scheme to distinguish nasal + C v. prenasalised C, which *do* form > minimally contrastive pairs.
In my still-tentative Latin orthography for Tech, a letter with a hacek is a retroflex affricate, nasal, lateral or rhotic flap. The affricates become palatoalveolar before the vowels <e>, <i> or the palatalizing mark (which could be <i-dieresis> or an acute accent). So <n^> - you could type it <^n> if you prefer - is /n`/. The /d/ afterwards would probably assimilate to [d`]. My Cyrillic orthography is much more set in stone. In fact, I'm probably going to use that as the main script for two reasons: the largest Tech community is in the South Caucasus, and Cyrillic is better suited to the phonology, having a soft sign and a hard sign, and more letters for affricates than Latin.