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OT: What makes a good conlang? (was Re: Super OT: Re: CHAT : JRRT)

From:Trebor Jung <treborjung@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 23:49

H. S. Teoh wrote:

"I'm still not sure if Tamahí phonology is more "naturalistic"... it has to
*somewhat* resemble Ebisédian, being a descendent lang, although I've taken
the liberty to introduce such sound changes as:
    H -> G -> g
    h -> x -> k_h"

David wrote:

"I'll defer to others on this, but if you've got the directionality of these
sound changes listed right, they seem...well, backward.   I can't imagine
them happening--at least not categorically.   Any thoughts on this, anyone?"

I agree, these sound changes seem quite unreasonable. I would expect
something like this instead:
H -> w (doesn't /H/ represent French <u> in <nuit>?)
h -> ?/t/k/f
x -> k_h -> k

My two cents,



Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>