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Re: CHAT: General Question

From:Shreyas Sampat <nsampat@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 28, 2001, 20:43
(snip dirk's helpful comments)
Conveniently, it doesn't have voiceless stops.  So, there won't be cases of
vowel+voiceless stop being mistaken for vowel+rest+voiced stop, or
something.  In fact, formally there are no phonemic stops.  All fricatives,
nasals, liquids and the like.  It's wildly implausible, but I do have sort
of an excuse: it's an exercise in seeing if it would work, with no intention
at all to be naturalistic.

YHL observed that this rest would be very prone to assimilation and the
like; upon pondering, I have to agree.  The project's got two distinct
rests, one of which, the 'short rest', apparently usually turns into a
glottal stop between vowels, or next to a consonant turns the consonant into
a stop or lengthens the adjacent vowel.  The 'long rest' aspirates
consonants and turns vowels into voiced-devoiced dipthongs.

soo, I can illustrate the sound changes like so: (where _ is the short rest
and __ the long rest)

V_V -> V?V
V_C -> V:C
C_V -> C(homorganic stop)V
C_C-> C(homorganic stop)C

V1__V2 -> V1V1<o>V2
V__C -> VV<o>C
C__V -> C<h>V
C__C -> C<h>C

There we are.  That wasn't too painful.