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Totally Foiceless Conlang Phonolotshy

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 10:04
Sounds interesting!

On Tuesday 06 March 2007 14:55, Donald Boozer wrote:
> External history: The following is a proposed > phonology for a completely voiceless language for > beings known as the Drushek, one of the three sentient > races of my conworld Kryslan. The Drushek and Kryslan > have been with me for over 20 years, but it's only > been recently that I've considered a totally voiceless > conlang for the Drushek. The phonology below is the > first draft of that system. The readily-pronounceable > versions (like "Drushek," "Shekstan," and "Kyugat") > came first; the voiceless versions (trw:ck, ckstx:n, > and kHwkt) came recently. Therefore, I'm still working > out the system for moving from one to the other. I > posted this elsewhere and got some helpful critiques. > I've incorporated those ideas and would now like to > let my fellow Conlangers give their thoughts. > > Internal history: The Drushek originally inhabited an > island off the coast of the mainland until their home > was invaded and overran by the Varalsans. Many of > Drushek escaped the island and now wander the > mainland, teaching Shekstan (their esoteric, mystical > philosophy) to anyone who comes to them with an > interest. The voiceless language evolved in the > earliest times of Drushek prehistory due to their > often becoming prey. The voiceless dialect is the > "orthodox" pronunciation, although some younger > Drushek do speak the voiced (and voiceless) languages > of other races. These Drushek are looked down upon, > and often shunned, by the older Drushek. > > Plosives: > p = [p] as in English <cap>, unaspirated labial stop. > This sound is realized with a "popping" sound (from > the physical action of the lips, held loosely, coming > together) followed by a release of excess air from the > mouth (NOT aspiration, which would be spelled <ph>). > To approximate this, one can hold his or her breath > and try saying the word <pop> with loose lips. It > should come out as an initial bilabial click (i.e., a > "kiss") followed by the "popping" noise of the lips > coming together then the air release. > t = [t] as in English <cat>, unaspirated postalveolar > stop. This sound is realized with a definite "tick" > sound (the tongue is forcefully applied to the > postalveolar ridge) and then a release of air from the > mouth (similar to <p>). > k = [k] as in English <pack> with no aspiration, i.e., > unaspirated velar stop. [q], a uvular stop, is an > allophone of <k>, depending on the speaker. > > Trill: > b = [B_0] voiceless bilabial trill > r = [R_0] voiceless alveolar trill > > Fricatives: > f = [f] voiceless bilabial fricative > s = [s] voiceless alveolar fricative > n = [n_;] (Z-SAMPA notation) a nareal fricative (as if > trying to dislodge something from the nose). > C = [C] voiceless palatal fricative, as in German ich > c = [s'] voiceless retroflex fricative > x = [x] voiceless velar fricative, in German Bach > H = [X\] voiceless pharyngeal fricative, as in Arabic > h = [h] voiceless glottal fricative. h is often used > to denote aspiration. Note: p', t', and k' are NOT > aspirated with air from the throat. ph, th, and kh are > aspirated in the "normal" way. > > Clicks: > p* = [O\] bilabial click, sounds like a kiss > t* = [|\] dental click, realized approximately in > English as the interjection "tsk" as in "tsk, tsk" > C* = [!\] palatal click > k* = [N=\] (NOT a standard X-SAMPA notation) velar > nasal click. > > Rounding: > Rounding associated with a particular sound is > expressed in transliteration by an added w. Some > examples would be <rw> "a voiceless alveolar trill > executed with the lips rounded," <t> "a dental click > executed with the lips rounded," etc. This rounding > produces a kind of "pseudo-vowel" when used with r, H, > and x. A distinction between an open (i.e., unrounded) > and rounded version of these sounds is quite apparent. > > > Length: > A lengthened sound is expressed by the addition of :. > This relative lengthening is idiosyncratic to the > particular speaker, but is easily recognized as a > prolonged sound. For example, the difference between > <r> and <r:> is easily recognized within the context > of a particular passage or conversation. > > Affricates and double articulations: > The most common affricates are ks [k_s] and ps [p_s]. > To distinguish between [k_s] and [k.s], the latter is > often written <khs> [k_h.s] > > A period is used to offset segments, signifying a > breath can be taken at this point in the word. > > Examples: > is transcribed into English as "Drushek." The > lengthened trill with rounded lips is immediately by a > retroflex fricative, ending with a velar or uvular > unaspirated stop. The Drushek are the race of beings > that speak this speech. > > ck.kstx:n is transcribed into English as "Shekstan." > The <ck> is pronounced, in reality, as a retroflex > fricative followed by a velar or uvular stop. This > stop is then immediately followed by an affricate > [k_s], then [t], then the fricative [x] is pronounced. > The final n is a nareal fricative, the stopping of air > with the tongue and a release of air through the nose. > Shekstan is the Drushek's mystic philosophy. > > kHw.kt is transcribed into English as "Kyugat." The > <kHw> is a uvular plosive followed by a uvular > fricative, all pronounced with rounded lips. This is > followed by <kt>, a velar plosive [k] with a [t] > unaspirated stop. Kyugat is one of the masters of > Shekstan. > > Possible as-yet-untranslated phrase: ps.t.kH: rw:p > ck.kstx:n t*p* > > > > > ___________________________________________________________________________ >_________ Bored stiff? 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