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Kyrgyz was Re: Zetowvu / Ezotwuv (new conlang)

From:Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>
Date:Monday, February 24, 2003, 22:14
On Monday 24 February 2003 03:54 pm, Joseph Fatula wrote:
> Well, I'm not John, but I know that /@/ is a regular vowel in several > Central Asian languages, notably Kyrgyz, where it is spelled with a Y in > transliterations. So in the word "kyrgyz", there's a stressed schwa.
I don't think that's quite correct. Mind you, my Kyrgyz dictionary isn't very helpful on the point, but I'm pretty sure that Kyrgyz transliterated |y| is the same as Russian |y|, that is, /1/ (barred-i). It might possibly be /I/, although looking at the sound chart, this doesn't seem too likely; i.e., I don't see any other lax vowels listed. From what I can make of it, Kyrgyz has the following vowels: i y 1 u e 2 o E & a Just out of curiousity, does /E/ count as a tense or a lax vowel? The IPA seems to think it is tense, while the North American charts make it lax. I have a friend who is studying Kyrgyz, so if it is important, I can ask her. :Peter -- Oh what a tangled web they weave who try a new word to conceive!


Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>
Isaac A. Penzev <isaacp@...>
vaksje <vaksje@...>Front vowels (Daðeima's vowel system)
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