Re: Un-neccesary letters (was: Re: New/revised language: Phonology)
|Date:||Saturday, December 29, 2001, 8:52|
--- Padraic Brown <agricola@...> wrote:
> Am 20.12.01, Andrew Chaney wrote:
> > ObConlang: If your language has a native alphabet,
> does it include archaic
> > spellings and such like -ough, kn-, etc?
> Yes. /gw/ is spelled "gou(e)" in Kerno, like
> gouether (see).
> Occasionally you'll find words spelled in gw-, left
> over from
> the days of Brithenig influence on the language. Of
> course, the
> case endings are "archaic spellings" as well.
> Usually, the -e
> and -es of the accusative are silent. Liaison rules
> revive them
> at times, though.
Vya:a:h, as well!
Case in point... the character Romanized as kj- which
is /j/ alone, but /k:j/ if preceded by g-. These
could really be written by other characters, but for
aesthetics and character, the "Committee of the
Honorable Language of Vya:a:h of the Enclave" decided
to coin the special character kj-. :)
Another example would be the character Romanized as
yy- which can be written as a consonant (which happens
to look like x) or as a vowel. An archaic form, and
rather poetic form, for yy- would be: (a) to write it
with the consonant form when functioning as a vowel;
(b) or to write it as y- in position 2 followed by the
'mute' character (looks like Hangul's character for
yu) that acts as a filler in position 3 to indicate
the doubling of position 2 character (*but
technically, in "modernized" script, the mute
character should never follow y-, as yy- is an
independent and preferred character).
Yet another characteristic of Vyh is to write the
verbal infinitive and follow it by the subject
pronoun, but vocalize the verb in the correct
conjugated form without ever speaking the pronoun!
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