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Re: Conlanging masochism ...

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Sunday, August 15, 2004, 19:25
Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Just a little reflection I thought to share ... > > One of my favourite speech sounds is [m]. It happens to be a very common > sound > in the world's language, being found in a large majority of them. So one > might > expect I should in good conscience stuff my conlangs with it. > > Looking at my conlangs, one will however notice that one, Yargish, lacks > it > utterly (along with all other bilabials), while another, Tairezazh, only > has it > with a strictly limited distribution; initial, and before other /p/ and > /b/. > > Anyone else noticed oddities of this kind in their conlangs? >
Well, [N] is a sort-of favorite of mine, but Kash lacks it (except in final position) in spite of having complete _fricative, vl.stop, nasal_ series at the other POA's. I think this was a very early decision, probably to keep Kash from looking _too_ Indonesian. So somewhere along the way *N merged with **J (ñ) not present in the proto-language, which means there are an awful lot of ñ's, which is not a particular favorite....