xsampa for vowels and diphthongs
|From:||Elyse Grasso <emgrasso@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, March 13, 2003, 5:53|
The IPA vowels are a lot harder to visualize (is there a word for the
sound equivalent of visualization?) than the consonants..
I don't need enormous precision for depicting the vowel sounds in
Jouevyaix... the Shayanans have stingers and venom sacks in their
mouths, so the shapes of their oral cavities are affected by mood. An
individual Shayanan may show as much phonetic variation as entire broad
swaths of English-speaking populations.
The stinger is actually the organ of articulation: the tongue-equivalent
is just for swallowing food. (Since virus is Latin for poison, the
Shayanans have previral, midviral and postviral articulation points...)
They don't like bilabial stops, so may also shy away from the frontmost
Phonemically, the vowel sounds are
(u" is u umlaut)
Ascii Latin1 Center of gravity of the Sound possible xsampa
a a hot,father a or A ?
e e pet e or E ?
o o Japanese o (no glide ) V or 7 ?
@ u hut (unrounded) @ or 6?
i i hit I or 1?
ii ii heat i: or i_i?
ai ai height a_i ?
ei ei hate e_i ?
oi oi choice o_i ?
u u" hoot (rounded) u?
au au how a_u A_u?
eu eu e_u ?
ou ou oat o_u ?
I don't think my native dialect has a clean example of eu.
Using cap I is a problem because in many fonts it is indistinguishable
from l (small L).