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Re: Q & X

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg.rhiemeier@...>
Date:Sunday, January 14, 2001, 0:44
Pavel Adamek <pavel.adamek@...> writes:

> Tero Vilkesalo wrote > >Which sounds do you write with the letter Q or X > >in your a priori conlangs with Latin alphabet? > > Transliterating Melty letters, I am using Latin letters "c, h, j, q, w, y" > only as modifiers of preceding letter. > > "w" = labial > "c" = alveolar > "y" = postalveolar > "j" = palatal > "q" = velar > "h" = friction > > bilabial: vw, fw, b, p, m > labiodental: v, f > dental: dh, th, d, t, n > alveolar: z, s, gc = dz, kc = ts > postalveolar: zy, sy, gcy = dzy, kcy = tsy > palatal: zj, sj, dj, tj, nj > velar: zq = gh, sq = kh, g, k, nq > labiovelar: vq = ghw, fq = khw, bq = gw, pq = kw > > If "c, cy, q" occurs initially or after a vowel, it means "kc, kcy, pq".
Cool! I dimly remember fiddling with a similarly convoluted "modifier-letter" system for some really nasty pseudo-Celtic project with 12 or so radical consonant phonemes and six different types of mutations, each represented by a modifier letter. It was deliberately meant to be more outlandish in spelling than Gaelic ;-), but it never took off. I'll have to revive that beast some day! Regarding my other conlang projects, usage depends on the language. In Pictish, I use <q> for [q] and <x> for, you might guess it, [x]. Same with Modern Vandalic. The transcription I currently use for Nur-ellen uses neither letter, though I actually consider using <x> for [x] (again). Same for the other elflangs in my pipeline. Some of them have labiovelars, but I prefer transcribing [kw] as <kw>. (*None* of them, however, has uvulars.) Germanech, which, unlike the others, has native Latin script (the Elflangs and Pictish are written in Tengwar and Vandalic in Arabic), doesn't make much use of <q> and <x>, apart from an occasional <qu> for a [k] before a front vowel, and <x> for [ks], which, however, occurs rarely. One day, I'll perhaps do something really, really wild with those letters. Everyone uses <q> for something in the back of the mouth... how about using it for something in the front, perhaps a bilabial trill? Yes, that's good! And use <x> for a *vowel*, for a change! ...brought to you by the Weeping Elf