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Re: MNCL5 Phonology and Orthography

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Friday, November 16, 2007, 5:08
Jeffrey Jones wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Nov 2007 14:23:20 +0100, Benct Philip Jonsson > <bpj@...> wrote: >> Jeffrey Jones skrev: >>> The phonology and orthography page for MNCL5 is up and >>> ready for comments. It's at: >>> >>> >>> >>> A preliminary morphology page is also up. I'm still >>> working on numbers, compounds, syntax, etc. >>> >>> Jeff >>> >>> H is pronounced [C] following i, [x] following any other >>> vowel, and [h] otherwise. >> Shouldn't it be [C] following any front vowel [i e E]? > > A good question. Thanks. I've actually been thinking of eliminating [C] > completely. In my pronunciation of MNCL5, it never occurs after [E]. Even > after [i], I have [x] about half the time. Maybe this is because I'm using a lax > [E] and a Spanish [i], which is closer to [I] than to English [i].
In Minza, /x/ is pronounced [C] after front vowels in the same syllable, but if /x/ begins the next syllable and is followed by a back vowel, the [x] allophone is used. So you can get alternations when a suffix is added, e.g. łix [KiC] (house) vs. łixuł [KixuK] (mansion).