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Pirdänë: a new language

From:Oskar Gudlaugsson <hr_oskar@...>
Date:Sunday, January 21, 2001, 5:26
On Wed, 17 Jan 2001 19:29:46 EST, Elliott Lash <AL260@...> wrote:

> Pirdänë is a new language I've been working on for around four days now.
I like the sound of the words. Initial voiced fricatives, especially in combination with rhotics or something else, have always attracted me. As do final schwa sounds. Jolly good :) Anyway, I mostly wanted to help you out with the SAMPA, since you weren't always sure how to transcribe :)
>dentals: > /D/ dh /d/ d > /0/ th (is this right?) /t/ t
"/T/ th" is today's standard.
>bilabials: > /v/ v /b/ b > /f/ f /p/ p
Strictly speaking, /v/ and /f/ are labio-dentals. If you do mean bilabial fricatives (as in Spanish, for example), its /P/ and /B/.
>velars: > /G/ (hm, this doesn't look quite right either) gh > /g/ g > /k/ k > /X/ ch (i'm not sure this is gonna be in)
I think /G/ is correct for 'gh'. /x/ is the standard I've usually seen for the unvoiced velar fric.
>spirants/resonants (what's the correct name these days)
Sibilants? (= "fricatives in the dental - post-alveolar range", would be the definition, AFAIK)
> /j/ j > /w/ u/w (i'm not quite sure)
If you want to be technical, those are 'semi-vowels', and thus usually not grouped with sibilants or other fricatives.
> and because i'm not sure where to put'em: > /tS/ ç (c-cedille) > /dZ/ gy
Those are called affricates, a "transition from stops to fricatives" (would probably be the definition). Grouping them with the sibilants is just fine, I guess.
>vowels: > /?/ ö (this is a front o, like french soeur)
Standard SAMPA for the vowel in 'soeur' is /9/. /?/ would be a glottal stop.
> /a/ a
Personally, I have no idea what SAMPA /a/ is; /A/ is the typical 'a', as in Spanish, for instance. If anyone can tell me, I'd love to hear :)
>Some vocab, just to give you a taste:
>MORE LATER ......... Tell me what you think
Cool vocab, keep it up :) Óskar