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stunt phonology

From:andrew <hobbit@...>
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 and listed all the non-cardinal vowels. The resulting table looks like this: 1 } I Y U @\ 8 @ 3 3\ { 6 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. -- Andrew Smith, Intheologus alias Mungo Foxburr of Loamsdown Santa subcontracts