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New lang: Senquar(ian)

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 16:25

I'm presenting here some tidbits of a language I've been working at in the
last weeks. It is intended to look european-ish, but I obviously want some
exotic features to creep in it, as well, or at least some... curious ones. I
also want to give it a history (perhaps an illustrious ancestral language,
as Latin is with its offspring) and obviously (after all the discussion of
the last days - meseems we should change the name of our group into
Conspelling list) an _ethymologic spelling_, with its own history and -
possibly - a good load of inconsistencies, to make it more natural and
historically deep.

We'll see if I'll ever be able to reach all these goals...
it just seems so ambitious...

The English name of the language will (better: should) be Senquarian, from
the native toponym _Senquar_, a flat region situated in the middle of the
Carmian subcontinent (Where is it??? In my conworld! Rather obvious, isn't
it?). The native name of the language is still unknown. In these notes I
will try to describe the dialectal variety spoken around the greatest town
of the Senquar country, _Ismád_, which is also the capital town of the
kingdom, and in the surrounding area, the _Cîrém_ province.

Ok, the names sound stupid, I know... but, knowing my variable moods, they
will probably change very soon.


Senquarian Phonology.

I'm trying to design a believable phonology, basing it on the one of
Zeneise, the Gallo-Italic language of Ligury's main town, Genoa (aka Zena,
or in Italian Genova), which somehow resembles Portuguese (see with personal adjustments
and external intrusions (as the arabic-sounding presence of /q/ and /G/
phonemes). Here's a brief description...


There are 9 vowel phonemes in Ismád dialect:

           Front   Back
Close  i  y           u
Mid      e  E  Y  O
Open      &      A


There are 24 consonat phonemes:

Plosive s p  b  t   d    k   g  q   G
Nasals  m  n    N
Fricatives f   v  s     S   Z      h
Affricates   ts    tS  dZ
Liquids w  r   l  j

I'm not sure about /N/; probably I just want it as an allophone of /n/, but,
as I said, I'm not sure.
/r/ should be /r\/, an alveolar approximant. It is so approximant, that I
thought I could let it fade away between vowels (as it did in Zeneise,
indeed: mangerò > mangiò = I will eat).
/v/ between vowels becomes an approximant as well, /v\/ to be precise - but
this is just an allophonic variation.

*Phonological constraints

Most syllables are CV or CVC in form; there are no restrictions on what
(single) consonants can appear initially or finally.
Syllables may also begin with:

a stop + r: cran, privén, drell
fricatives f or s + r: fressë, sram
s + a stop, f, m, or n: scon, sfär, snang

Syllables may end with

r plus a stop, f, or s: aerb, tarb.
n plus a stop: rönk, cîond.
s plus a stop: mest.

Let me know what you think so far...