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Re: Gzarondan vowels

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Thursday, June 27, 2002, 22:54
Adrian Morgan sikyal:

> Gzarondan has the following vowels (in no particular order). > Any comments? > > * Vowels marked with a star can be followed by [l] within the > vowel space of the conlang's syllable structure.
I don't understand this comment. Are you saying that a sequence like [6l] would all be considered a syllabic nucleus? What ramifications does this have?
> Short: > * [6] > * [e] (allophone [{] after /g/, /k/, /j/, /x/) > [@] > * [O] > [U] > * [I] > Long: > [6:] > [e_y:]
Do you mean for this last part to be rounded? Or did you mean [e_j]?
> [o_w:] > [l=:] > [O:] > * [8:] > [i:] > Diphthongs: > [6I] > [e8] > [}u] > [i8]
Frightful, really. I think the SAMPA makes it look worse than it is, but it's still an odd collection of phones. No [u]? As an analysis, I would go with: Short Long [6] [6:] [e] [e_j:] [@] [O] [o_w:] [U] [8:] [I] [i:] [l=:] This is intuitive; if you have some morphology, you might choose to incorporate patterns like this (or completely unlike this, if you had something else in mind.) Jesse S. Bangs "If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time." --G.K. Chesterton