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Re: Chinese-based IAL?

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Friday, February 23, 2001, 19:31
Jörg wrote:
>I became aware >of the problem when I briefly considered using Chinese roots in my >very-low-priority 9-phoneme IAL project. The roots would have to be >transformed into a very different shape (adding more consonants, or >making them at least bisyllabic - the only option in the 9-phoneme IAL >which has only 21 different syllables) which would bend them beyond >recognition in order to get along without tones
A 9-phoneme lang! That's a bit extreme ... Now what ARE these 9 phonemes? Seeing that you've got 21 possible syllables, I'd say you've got three vowels, six consonants and uses (C)V syllables. Dare I guess that the vowels are /a i u/? Hmm, what consonants? /k/ and /t/ seems likely, as do /m/ and /n/, perhaps /s/ and /l/ too? How many rights did I get? Andreas PS if anybody wonders how I landed on the 3-vowel, 6-consonants, it's very simple: 21 factorizes as 3*7. That means that there's only two "slots" in syllable, which points strongly towards a CV syllable structure, and as 3+7=10, one of these slots can be empty, almost certainly consonant slot. Three vowels and six consonants seems alot more likely than seven vowels and two consonants. The actual sounds I suggested are mere guesses of course (tho' I've guessed on common sounds of course). _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at