Conlang for giant caterpillars
|Date:||Saturday, May 29, 1999, 18:06|
Yes, the subject is right. I'm developing a conlang
for an alien sentient species that are temporarily
called "the Caterpillars" for obvious reasons. I'm
going to include them in my conworld, in the near
future of the Dr=E1selhadh, I think. (I'll post more
details to Conculture).
The phonology so far is as follows:
InterDnt Dnt Alv Pal Vel
Stop t c k
Fric |h th s ch kh
Lat |l tl sl cl
Click t! s! c!
Vowels: i a u (unrounded, and all of them unvoiced!)
These Caterpillars talk in whispers... there's a
small amount of voice in the vowels sometimes, due
to vibration of soft tissues in the throat, but no
more. This is usually enough; they don't scream and
they have a very sensitive hearing.
The consonants are a bit strange. They have no lips
and no nose -- they have respiratory holes but they
aren't directly connected to the mouth, so there are
no nasals or labials.
The interdental fricative <|h> is produced by "showing
the teeth" and letting some air pass between them. The
lateral <|l> is similar, but the tongue is pressed
against the lower teeth and raised in its middle part.
The dentals are what you expect them to be, except that
<th> is not exactly /T/ (the tongue doesn't stick out).
The palatals are almost retroflex.
I plan to have a loose syllable structure, permitting
geminates and some consonant clusters, and one syllable
per vowel (no semivowels).
So, what do yon think? Remember it's not a human language!
PS when I say "tongue", it's more "tongues" -- they have
three, though they usually go together. And they have a
very free movement, like an octopus tentacle.=20