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The rebirth of m"/21aw as mql21aw

From:Paul Bennett <paul.bennett@...>
Date:Thursday, November 4, 1999, 12:27
Back in september, I posted some tentative stuff about a conlang called m"/21aw
(thanks to the awkward romanisation I'd had to produce).  It's been bubbling
under, ever since, and there's been an enlargement of the phonology.

For those who don't recall the original, the clicks have had a series of voiced
stops in the same POA added to them, and nasalisation is now an optional rather
than permanent feature.

The romanisation is:

Stops and Clicks:
b  ?  Bilabial
t  !  Alveolar
z  =  Palatoalveolar
d  '  Front Retroflex
q  "  Back Retroflex
A Lateralised sound is shown by following a symbol by {l}
A Doubly-articulated sound of Bilabial (stop or click as appropriate) plus one
other is shown by {m} before the sign.  The sequence {mb} is technically
possible, but is not pronounced differently to {b}

A front retroflex is normal, (maybe slightly towards alveolar), a back retroflex
is with the tip of the tongue curled as far back as possible.

1 thru 3 represent Low thru High, also in syllables with multiple pitches they
follow eachother in order, ie
12 = Low Rising, 23 = Mid Rising, 32 = High Falling, etc

Lip shapes:
Basically, (from close to open, as unrounded) the vowels are notated by
{i,e,u,a} followed in romanisation by by {w} to show rounding.  The degree of
fronting is determined by the preceeding consonant.  This may also be followed
by {n} to show that the syllable is nasalised.

Syllable structure is therefore (m)C(l)(t)V(w)(n), giving 2x5x2x9x4x2x2 = 7200
possible syllables.  A diacritised syallabary is probably in order, don't you

Thanks to this the name has changed to {mql21aw}

Any thoughts?

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