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Re: stunt phonology

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Monday, December 9, 2002, 6:11
Andrew wrote:

>On 12/08 19:41 Roger Mills wrote: > >> That's my reading of it too. Strange indeed, but it's neat, and why
>> 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. ...
>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. :) >
By all means, do. Even as I was writing that reply, it occurred to me-- you could have perfectly nice 5-vowel systems consisting of only front or back vowels. Somewhat easier to distinguish, I suspect, than you basically central system (which would certainly be difficult at least for this Terran's ears. But they're aliens after all.....) i I e E & (You could even get six by throwing in "Bostonian "a(r)" between E and &. Or devise an even wider-open &.... u U o O Q.