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|From:||Danny Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 30, 2002, 23:26|
From: "Wesley Parish" <wes.parish@...>
> Lake sounds interesting. Does it include any clicks, a la dolphin
> communications? Any speech register difference between in-water speechabd
> out-of-water speech?
Jeez, I haven't really thought about that.... I guess in-water speech would
involve sign language and making gestural clicks (like we'd tell a horse to
"giddy-up", or say "tsk-tsk"). The conlang will involve the out-of-water
speech. But note that the Lake people are like aquatic mammals, where they
don't have gills or anything like that; they can't breathe underwater, but
they sure can swim and dive!
> I myself tried to think around that self-same problem with some names
> belonging to an amphibious species I was creating in the same world as
> Tan`ala and 'Erava, the world of Kero Siritse. I suppose I compromised a
> little with what little I got done - the Qhicing (q represented the
> side-dental click (what _is_ _it_ _called_, the click from the molars on
> either side?), with c representing the dental click and x the palatalclick)
> and their embassador Paqhahwa (h representing a whistle above water, asudden
> silence under water.)
You took those features from the Nguni languages I take it? Anyway, the
letters q, x and c can't function as clicks in Lake; they're already
assigned to pulmonic egressive consonants.