|From:||Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, October 21, 2001, 0:55|
Note: According to this list of ASCII IPA schemes (http://www.cs.brown.edu/
~dpb/ascii-ipa.html) SAMPA represents barred-lowercase-i as <l>, which
only seems confusing (at least if you already have [l], which is also
<l>). So for now I'll use the Kirschenbaum <i">.
(At least, I hope that's the vowel I want. I'm thinking of the Turkish
dotless-i, and I'm almost positive it's barred-i, but I could be wrong.)
Tasratal is a conlang whose origins lie in an earlier possible-version of
Czevraqis (...back when I spelled it Chevraqis). The concepts were fun,
but n the end I decided it was a bit too extreme for the culture that I
wanted to connect it to. It was, however, very tempting just to use
Czevraqen phonology on this. :-p
I'm bowing to majority and using SAMPA.
[p] [t] [k]
[P] [f] [s] [S] [x]
[pf] [ts] [tS]
[m] [n] [N]
Notes on romanization:
[P] is written as <ff>
[f] is written as <f>
[S] is written as <x>
[x] is written as <xx>
[tS] is written as <tx> (I have some book that says Basque does this, so
I don't feel too bad about it...OC that's assuming the book is accurate.)
[N] is written as <g>
So the romanized chart would look like this:
p t k
ff f s x xx
pf ts tx
m n g
(Yeah, I know it's kinda screwy, but I wanted it to be symmetrical and
quasilogical. If anyone has suggestions for improvement I'd love to hear
[e] [i"] [o]
[i"] is barred-i unless I find out the Turkish dotless i is some other
vowel, in which case I'll change it to whatever it is. :-p
Romanization is pretty much as expected except [i"] is written as <y>.
(Why waste a perfectly good grapheme...)
Phonotactics (I hope that's the right word, it's been a while):
Syllable structure is basically (C)V(C).
Exception(s): The language likes to treat [pf], [ts] and [tS] as
"consonants." However, they only occur initially or finally in a word.
(Mainly to prevent consonant traffic jams. I refuse to create a conlang I
can't at least *almost* pronounce...)
I'll post a grammar sketch later, but I find it difficult to think about
grammar without some *words* to hang ideas from. Call it a weakness.
Yoon Ha Lee
A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.--Paul Erdos