Number nine, number nine.,..
|From:||Daniel A. Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 5:19|
I was thinking the other day while on the bus, and wondered what would be
the minimum practical phonology for a language. (Which is in contrast to my
plans for Tech, where I wanted as large a phonology as reasonably (?)
possible.) I came up with six consoannts and three vowels:
p t k
m n g (=[N])
i a u
No length, no tone, just these. Syllables are V, CV, VC or CVC, or n
multiple syllables words, (C)V(C)CV (if two consonants occur in sequence
they must be a nasal then a homogenous stop). So possible words would be:
a, ta, at, tat, atat, tata, tanta, tantat and so on. (The sequence [Nk] is
writtem 'nk', not 'gk'.) *Addendum: Two vowels can occur together but not
without a hiatus, especially two of the same vowel: aa = a-a, ai = a-i, etc.
A tentative name for this language is "Number Nine", because of its
nine-letter alphabet. I offer this challenge to anybody interested...
Then we can compare notes. Remember, *only* those sox consonants and three
vowels are allowed!
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