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Re: David qua David

From:Oskar Gudlaugsson <hr_oskar@...>
Date:Friday, April 20, 2001, 1:03
On Thu, 19 Apr 2001 19:15:40 EDT, David Peterson <DigitalScream@...>

> I came up with what I think is a really neat-o, nifty sound system that >lead to some other nifty, neat-o things today for a language I'm calling >zidaen (ae=a in "cat". I alway forget how you guys do that one). Anyway, >here she is:
Okay, those are long lists of soundz :) Sorry that I don't have time to make an extensive commentary, but I hope a few words are better than nothing :)
>Consonants: [B] (voiced, bilabial fricative), [b], [m], [p], [F] (unvoiced >bil. fric.), [z], [d], [n], [t], [s], [G] (voiced, velar fric.), [g], [N],
Just wanted to point out that SAMPA has [P] for the unvoiced bil. fric.; [F] is a labio-dental nasal (remember, picky = helpful :).
>Dative: The first vowel goes to [ae], and if it's [ae], it goes to [u]:
And yes, the [ae] you're referring to is transcribed [{] in SAMPA, but also [&] by some, and [æ] by those of us who happen to have it on the keyboard :)
>[B]>[b] [z]>[d] [G]>[g] [m]>[b] [j]>[n] >[b]>[p] [d]>[t] [g]>[k] [n]>[d] [w]>[m] >[p]>[F] [t]>[s] [k]>[x] [N]>[g] [r]>[N] >[F]>[?] [s]>[?] [x]>[?] [h]>[?] [?]>[h]
> So, as you'll see, there's a sort of prestige system going here, like >suits in cards (with trumps, of course).
Okay, that's quite interesting. And original, too :) Quick comments: why [j]>[n]? Is that meant to be a palatal nasal ([J] in SAMPA)? On the same note, why [r]>[N], and not [r]>[n]? I'm sure you don't mean to have changes in place-of-articulation, only manner, right? Finally, I'm not quite following the last one: [?]>[h]; isn't [?] the lowest one? Upgrading? Nice work! :) Óskar