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Re: Iain M. Banks: Marain language

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 13:00
> > > > > > Unfortunately, this is mainly only about the writing system -- not > > much about the language. But still, that's something. > > > > What do you think? > >My impression is that it's not a very well-developed >conlang; if it has any phonology or lexicon >it's more than I've seen evidence of in the >few books I've read yet, or Banks fan sites >I've looked at (admittedly few).
>Jim Henry
The phoneme inventory seems to be: /p t tS k/ /b d dZ g/ /m n N/ /f T K s S x/ /v z/ /l r j w h/ /i I e E @ a o u/ Looks pretty generic to me, except for the vowel system hinting of an older stage with /i e a u/ plus ATR harmony... that bit makes me feel there might be more to the language than shows. But it might be just an anglicism too: start with the GenAm system, drop difthongs, rhotacization & the rare /U/, and merge the low vowels, and you'd get this system. Most "nooblangs" I've seen usually go for some sort of simplification of the English vowel system, or the classic /i e a o u/; this certainly fits the former bill. (For the record, I've never read any of the books.) John Vertical