Re: stunt phonology
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 9, 2002, 6:11|
>On 12/08 19:41 Roger Mills wrote:
>> That's my reading of it too. Strange indeed, but it's neat, and whynot!?
>> 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. ...
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.
>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\
>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. :)