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Re: USAGE: Name clitics (was Re: USAGE: What gender is _Wikipedia_ in German?)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Saturday, August 5, 2006, 20:38

On Sat, 5 Aug 2006 08:21:45 -0400, Larry Sulky wrote:

> On 8/4/06, Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote: > ---SNIP--- > > In my experimental speedtalk-type language X-3, all proper names begin and > > end with a glottal stop, which doesn't occur elsewhere in the language. > > So if you see a glottal stop, everything that follows is a proper name > > until > > you hit upon another glottal stop, beyond which everything are ordinary > > morphemes again. Proper names are the only class of morphemes in X-3 that > > are > > more than one phoneme long. > > Jörg, how do you avoid glottal stops being "swallowed" by adjacent > consonants in ordinary morphemes? E.g.: > > tos ?ana? ki > > Wouldn't that sound exactly like: > > tos ana ki > > ?
The language would have to be pronounced in a way that you can tell where the glottal stops are. "Swallowing" glottal stops is just plain WRONG, as is inserting glottal stops just because you are used to, say, pronounce them at the beginning of vowel-initial words. I admit that this is difficult to someone not familiar with phonemic glottal stops, but keep in mind that X-3 is a "speedtalk"-type language with very low redundancy and a huge phoneme inventory. If you say that this is difficult and impractical, you are right; it wasn't my intention at all to create a practical auxlang or anything like that, I just wanted to explore what a language with monophonemic morphemes could look like. ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf