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OT: Mismatched phonologies / accents

From:Peter Collier <petecollier@...>
Date:Thursday, January 24, 2008, 13:23
Appologies to those of you who will get two copies of
this message.

I have the following initial phoneme inventory for

/  p      t     k    /
/  p\ B   T D   x G  /
/         s z        /
/  m      n          /
/  w      l      j   /
/         r          /

I need to try and hammer a Gallo-Romance based
language into that shape, and there are a few Romance
phonemes I'm struggling to fit.

If a speaker only has the above phonemes readily
available, do you think the following approximate
pronunciations are likely?

/S/  > /T/
/Z/ > /D/
/ts/ > /s/
/dz/ > /z/
/tS/ > /x/
/dZ/ > /G/

Or do you think any of the sounds might be distinctive
enough to the speakers's ears, and easy enough to
accurately 'mimic', that a couple of new phonemes
might be added to the inventory (e.g. /S/, /Z/)?

Any thoughts/alternative suggestions greatly received!



Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>