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Eastern Orthography, once more (final version)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, May 23, 1999, 9:20
Here goes, vowels as I said before:
i =3D /i/
e =3D /E/
ey =3D /e/
ay =3D /ej/
a =3D /a/
aw =3D /ow/
ow =3D /o/
o =3D /O/
u =3D /u/
@ =3D /@/
@' =3D /&/

When nasalized, /i/, /e/, and /ej/ are all /e~/, /u/, /o/, and /ow/ are
all /o~/, /E/ and /&/ are both /&~/, and /O/, /a/, and /@/ are all /a~/;
nasalization is indicated by a nasal (m or n) placed after the vowel in
word-final position or followed by a non-glide consonant.

p =3D /p/
t =3D /t/
k =3D /k/
b =3D /b/
d =3D /d/
g =3D /g/
m =3D /m/ (or nasalization)
n =3D /n/ (or nasalization)
ph =3D /P/ (includes allophone [B])
f =3D /f/
s =3D /s/
v =3D /v/
z =3D /z/
w =3D /w/ (includes allophone [w_0])
y =3D /j/ (includes allophone [j_0])
r =3D /r/ (includes allophone [r_0])
pph =3D /pP/ (includes allophone [bB])
(ts =3D /ts/)
(dz =3D /dz/)
  I'm still not sure whether to include those as affricates
I'm also debating whether to merge /f/ and /P/.

All non-nasal consonants in a cluster are pronounced with the same
voicing, regardless of their actual form, so that rasty=E9rsma =3D

In addition, all vowels after the stress are pronounce /@/ (or /a~/ if

Double-consonants are pronounced exactly like their single counterparts,
these only occur at morphemic boundries, such as kr=E1wffnan =3D
/', where kr=E1wf is the root word (to be), -fna is the persona=
ending (2nd person plural), and -n is the aspectual ending (perfective).

Word-final fricatives are silent, this includes doubled fricatives, so
that kr=E1wf is /krow/, but the f shows up when inflections are added, as
in kr=E1wfrufma =3D /, where -ruf =3D 1st plural inclusive a=
-ma =3D preparative.  Kr=E1wff =3D /krow/ is an example of what I meant b=
"includes doubled fricatives", in this case, the second -f represents
the personal ending 2nd person singular, with no aspectual marker,
indicates "simple aspect".  Doubled nasals are found as well in
word-final position with certain inflections, such as rasty=E9nn =3D
/ras'tj&~/, where the first -n indicates 3rd plural inanimate, while the
second n indicates perfective aspect.  This is distinguished
orthographically from rasty=E9n =3D 1S perf./3PI simple, rasty=E9m =3D 1S=
and rasty=E9nm =3D 3PI prep., which are all homophones in speach.  Habitu=
and simple aspects became copmlete homophones earlier in Eastern's
evolution, leading to the elimination of habitual aspect.  Simple aspect
is also becoming rare, increasingly replaced by the inchoative aspect.=20
I'm not sure about the other aspects, I may or may not eliminate some of

There is also a morphophonemic change, which *is* indicated in the
orthography, involving nasals and r.  The sequence Vnr becomes Vndr, Vmr
becomes Vmbr, while Cnr becomes Cdr, and Cmr becomes Cbr (both of which
may actually be voiceless, by the voicing spread mentioned earlier)

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