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Re: musical talk? (sally)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, October 26, 1998, 0:29
Baba wrote:
> Say syllable one could be any sibilant+vowel; so s,sh,z,zh + a,e,i,o,u; > no matter how mixed together would always be recognizable as syllable 1. > Thus a Creole/Pidgin made up of such a "code" would be an ideal lingo > for communication between a large variety of aliens who's different > vocal apparatus precluded them pronouncing things identically.
Similar to my thought-experiment of a Galactic Language. In this language, all the possible "phonemes" are divided into two classes (which for humans would correspond to consonants and vowels), only AB (i.e., CV) syllables would be possible. Humans could map out these "phonemes" as consonants and vowels, other aliens could map them out other ways, e.g., a chameleon-like species could interpret them as different colors, arbitrarily divided up into two classes. To communicate with a species, you'd need to know their mapping. If you spoke with a chameleon-race, you'd know that a certain color is equivalent to /k/, for example, and thus you could look at their colors and interpret them as sounds (tho it would probably take some practice to properly interpret them), and they could hear your sounds and interpret them as colors. You'd have to learn different species' mappings, and allophone-like variations in their "phonemes", but it would be easier than learning another language for that species. -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AOL: NikTailor