|Date:||Monday, December 9, 2002, 5:07|
On 12/08 19:41 Roger Mills wrote:
> That's my reading of it too. Strange indeed, but it's neat, and why not!?
> Essentially 3 front V, only 1 back-- possibly a first in Languages of the
> World! My guess would be that historical *u and *o merged somewhere along
> the way. Maybe /o/ has [u] allophones. (Pre-contact Tagalog had only /i a
> u/, but all the analyses by the Spaniards seem always to write final syl.
> /u/ with "o", which has carried over into the modern spelling.)
>I had thought one idea for an alien language would be one that had no
cardinal vowels. On a whim I visited
http://www.cs.brown.edu/~dpb/ascii-ipa.html and listed all the
non-cardinal vowels. The resulting table looks like this:
I Y U
Hmmm. It definitely looks unnatural to me. Everything shifts towards
the centre of the mouth. I wonder if distinction between all those
vowels bunched in the middle could be maintained? There are some vowels
there that I haven't pronounced since phonology classes. Even so it
could be worth further investigation. :)
Anyone fled screaming yet?
Andrew Smith, Intheologus firstname.lastname@example.org
alias Mungo Foxburr of Loamsdown