Newbie phonology question
|Date:||Tuesday, February 1, 2005, 1:22|
Hey all... I'm a history student from darkest Australia with a casual
interest in linguistics, and I'm putting together a conlang called
Black Mu principally designed to swear in. Not a particularly ambitious
or mature project, admittedly, but amusing enough...
One of the things I was aiming for is that the phonology seem exotic
and unpleasant while still being pronounceable by my undereducated
tongue (I'm already regretting adding /K/). I'm putting this on the
list because I was curious if the one I've come up would be plausible
in a natural liturgical language; I hope I've got the CXS right...
i 1 M
Monophthongs are usual, but diphthongs /ae/, /ai/, /aQ/, /aM/, /ei/,
/eM/, /Qe/, /Qi/, and /QM/ are permitted.
All voiced consonants are allophonic with their voiceless counterparts;
I've left them out of the table. Phonemically there is only one nasal
and one trill, which are uvular "on their own" but generally assimilate
with a neighboring consonant; allophones are marked on the table with *
and # respectively.
bil den alv p-a vel uvu glt
stop p . t . k . ?
+vel . . t_w . k_w . .
affr . . ts) tS) . . .
+vel . . ts_w) tS_w) . .
fric p\ T s S x . h
nsl * . * . * N\ .
lat . . K . . . .
tril # . # . # R\ .
Syllable structure I'm still working out, but I'm shooting for some
nasty consonant clusters like (C)(C)(C)(C)V(V)(C)(C), it's just a
matter of working out which consonants can go in which places. If it
makes the reader get a headache just looking at the word, I figure I'm
on the right track. ;o)