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GRUOPLANG: Phonetics

From:Carlos Thompson <cthompso@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 13, 1998, 17:32
The phonetics, as propossed this far, is:

basic sounds:
vouels: /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/, /y/
/p/ /b/ /t/ /d/ /k/ /g/ /q/ /q_voiced/
/f/ /v/ /s/ /z/ /x/ /G/ /h/
    /m/     /n/     /N/
    /w/ /r/ /l/     /j/

With the following orthography: all those sounds above, with lowercase
letters in IPA will use the IPA value, but "x": a, b, d, e, f, g, i, j, k,
l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, y, z

The other sounds are: /x/ as <kh> or <x>, /G/ as <gh>, /q_voiced/ as <qh> or
<qg>, /N/ as <nh> or <ng>, /h_voiced/

No values this far for <c> and <x>.

Additional sounds can be given for some diagraphs, like
  sj: [sj] or [S] or [s_palatized]
  zj: [zj] or [Z] or [z_palatized]
  tj: [tj] or [tS] or [t_palatized]
  dj: [dj] or [dZ] or [d_palatized]

I've sugested that alophones are allowed, thus
<e> = /e/ would be [e] [E] [e_relaxed] [I] [@] depending on dialect or
position.  With [e_relaxed] I mean somthing between [e], [E] and [@].
Maybe a correct pronunciation could be given: thus, for vouels:
  orthography    stressed  stressed  unstressed
      or         in open   in close    in any
standard sound   syllabe   syllabe    syllabe
  <a> /a/          [A]       [a]    relaxed [a]
  <e> /e/          [e]       [E]    relaxed [E]
  <i> /i/          [i]       [i]        [I]
  <o> /o/          [o]       [O]    relaxed [O]
  <u> /u/          [u]       [u]        [U]
  <y> /y/          [y]       [y]        [@]

Depending on dialect [e] could become [eI] or [e:], [a] could become [&] and
[A] into [a:], [o] into [oU] or [o:]

The syllabe structure is CSV(V)F
Where VV is a diphthong, so far nobody has complain.
S should be /w/, /j/, /r/ or /l/, or just, /w/, /j/ or /r/.
F should be /n/, /m/, /N/, /l/ or any fricative.  Posible /r/ also.

/r/ is any think the speaker wants to pronounce r.  Posiblities: an alveolar
flap in S position or an alveolar trill in C position.

C, S and F are optional.

Because of the VV posibility in a syllabe, in composing (or in adding
affixes) there could rise V-V combinations.  The posibilities are:

Avoid V-V combinations forcing C and F in every root.
Asimilate V-V as a VV diphthong (even ae, ao, oe, etc.)
Use something (both phonetically and orthographic to mark an hiatus, maybe a
dieresis or an apostrophe)
insert a sound, either a glide or a glotal stop.

I vote for a glide in root combination and asimilation fo V-V into VV for

  Carlos Eugenio Thompson Pinzsn