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Re: Update for Jovian

From:Jeff Jones <jeffsjones@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 13, 2002, 22:32
On Tue, 13 Aug 2002 02:24:19 +0200, Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>

>Einstein's Theory of Relativity basically hinges upon a single simple >assumption (namely that vacuum light speed is equally large in all >frames of reference) that has radical and fundamental consequences for >the whole edifice of physics. > >Similarly, I have made a single simple change in the phonology of >Jovian (namely that final -u should be pronounced as /@/ rather than >/U/), which has led me to add more mutations and a set of optional
> >The problem was that feminine and masculine nouns of the same stem >(e.g. |fiju| and |fija| from Latin filius, filia) sounded >indistinguishable (/"fi:j@/). So I decided that the ending -u, being >derived from Latin -us, should not cause lenition like other final >vowels. What is more, the Latin s actually becomes audible when a >consonant follows. > >Example: > >fija /"fi:j@/ "daughter" >fija bella /"fi:j@"vell@/ "beautiful daughter" >tua fija aumbrosa /"tu:@"vi:jom"bro:z@/ "love-smitten daughter" > >fiju /"fi:j@/ "son" >fiju bellu /"fi:j@"bell@/ "beautiful son" >tuu fiju aumbrosu /"tu:@"fi:j@zom"bro:z@/ "love-smitten son" > >In case you're wondering, aumbrosu < aomrosus < amorosus.
That part, I figured out. I _am_ wondering about: 1) if not writing any indication for the 1st /z/ in the 6th example, other than the {u}, is intentional, 2) why {tua} and {tuu} are not reflected in the translations, and 3) what specifically Einstein's theory of relativity has to do with a new phonology. Jeff J.
>The new sketch of Jovian is available at the following address: > > > >For comparison, the older version is still online under > > > > >Comments? > > >-- Christian Thalmann