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Ija/Iya/Laaa, was: Another phonological extreme

From:Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>
Date:Thursday, July 20, 2000, 17:39
My newborn 7-phoneme conlang got named. Now it's Ija (or Iya). _I ja_
is the Russian for 'me too'.

What I like best with this name is that the more accurate
transliteration of its original form is <Laaa>...

But no, I am not satisfied with this project. I found a few flaws in
it. All of them are about the same feature: some of the rules for
vowel contraction are applied left-to-right, and some right-to-left.
So alternative treatments of same sequences are possible.

For example, _aaau_ can be analyzed as a-aa-u = /aju/ or aa-au = /jo/.

Indeed, this problem can be solved by involving morpheme boundaries
and the like. And yet I decided to sketch a sister dialect without
that flaw.

But what is worse, while designing it I understood that I had failed
to realize all of the potential of syllabic resonants for minimizing
the phoneme inventories.

So now I'm working on a system with still fewer phonemes.

Watch the headers of postings :)