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Re: Iniital fragments of a non-human language

From:Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Date:Sunday, January 11, 2004, 6:52
E fésto Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>:

> --- Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...> wrote: >> I'm riffing here, so try to bear with me while I try >> not to spill over into >> the realms of the hard-to-follow or barely-literate. >> >> Hmm. >> >> I think it's Werewolf language, but that's open to >> change. In some of my >> notes, I describe it as "Lizardman". > > Do lizards have lips? How would they pronounce > bilabials? > > A race of creatures without lips would have to talk > like a human ventriliquist. > > "I'n thery hatty to de here tonight at the Las Thegas > Hilton. Let ne introduce ny little threind Althred. > Say hello Althred."
Actually, I think /m/ should remain pronounceable by any creature that has a nose and can close its mouth. [Ventriloquists, of course, are not allowed the latter luxury.] I do remember reading a ST:TNG paperback a long while ago where a race of anthropomorphic birds could only refer to the captain as "Ikkard". *Muke! -- E jer savne zarjé mas ne Se imné koone'f metha Brissve mé kolé adâ.