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Re: On Phonological Constraints: The Long Vowel Rule

From:B. Garcia <madyaas@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 0:50
On Tue, 25 Jan 2005 11:59:45 -0000, Christian Thalmann <cinga@...> wrote:
> ---------------------- Information from the mail header ----------------------- > Sender: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> > Poster: Christian Thalmann <cinga@...> > Subject: Re: On Phonological Constraints: The Long Vowel Rule > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Don't let them discourage you from your euphonic rule. Just > because something is possible doesn't mean your language > should allow it. That's what phonotactics is all about, and > it flavors your language. Conlangs often look and sound like > orc utterances to me -- I wish more people would enforce a > sense of aesthetics in their langs...
Before I re-vamped Ayhan (From Saalangal), I made sure to set down allowable consonant clusters, allowable initial consonant clusters, etc.* Most of the rules are simply what's easy for me to pronounce, but also to give it the proper flavor. While some consonant clusters are allowable, sometimes they just don't sound exactly right with a given vowel following: Krisara vs Krosara , Pyangga vs Pyengga, for instance, the latter examples just don't sound "as nice" to my ears, even though they are perfectly allowable. I usually use the "not so nice sounding" words for very rarely used words. It took me a while to figure out all of the possible consonant clusters, and to eliminate those I thought might either change, such as a combo like md > nd or were difficult to pronounce bp > p (at least the way I say it it tends to go that way). The rules were set because I realized exactly that I hadn't set a formal way of defining the esthetics as *i* see them. I did know what sounded right and didn't sound right, but I felt I needed some formal way which I could refer to to form words. *I just realized I hadn't set down allowable final consonants. -- You can turn away from me but there's nothing that'll keep me here you know And you'll never be the city guy Any more than I'll be hosting The Scooby Show Scooby Show - Belle and Sebastian