Re: restricted semantics language
|Date:||Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 19:50|
> [mailto:CONLANG@listserv.brown.edu] On Behalf Of Larry Sulky
> > What I have now are
> > Initials: / j x h k d_Z t_S r\ l z s d t n w f b p m/
> > Finals: / i e a o u ai au in en an on un /
> > Disallowed: /ji/ and /wu/
> Dana, if you replaced final /n/ with final /N/ you could haveSSM!!!!
> Wouldn't that be great?!!?
> And don't try to tell me that /n/ and /N/ are too close, youngman; if
> folks can distinguish /d b z/ from /t p s/, they candistinguish /n/
> from /N/!
Actually /n/ is [n] [m] [N] or any other nasal consonant. It's
intended to assimilate with whatever follows so a word like
"hanpi" would actually be spoken [xampi]. (the /h/ was a
mistake. I haven't yet decided between [x] or [h] for <h>) I
also left off  as an initial. There are a few V(n)
Normally I wouldn't worry too much about something like SSM, but
the use of just about every possible combination, and the lack
of POS markers makes parsing a bigger issue.
I am thinking about adding some consonant+glide combinations for
initials. Maybe /gw kw/ and /bj pj/ for a start.