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Re: Piat (was: Another NatLang i like)

From:BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 14, 1999, 21:35
At 12:49 -0400 14.7.1999, John Cowan wrote:
>A Rosta wrote: > >> I'm sure this is the first time we have been told anything about Piat >> phonology. Are we going to hear more? > >Here's what I posted back in June 1996: > >Piat is a fictional language spoken in a fictional country somewhere >in Central Europe. It is probably a language isolate. >
> "c", an unvoiced velar stop > (written "k" in international words like "kilometre", > pronounced "cilometwe");
> "z", an unvoiced dental affricate, like "ts" in English "cats"; > "dz", a voiced dental affricate, like "ds" in English "gods";
[snip] This mapping seems awfully strange for a Central European language. One would have expected /k/="k", /ts/="c", /dz/="z" for a language in that part of the world, especially in view of the fine one phoneme--one letter mapping that applies otherwise. (I don't think "ch" is too bad an exception, though, since even the Czech retained that digraph, not withstanding that "h'" would have been a natural choice in terms of the principles on which Hus built his orthography!) /BP -- in opinionated mode... B-)=@ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ B.Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> <melroch@...> Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)