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CONLANG Digest - 10 Nov 2000

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Sunday, November 12, 2000, 13:37
> From: Barry Garcia <Barry_Garcia@...> > Subject: Re: Whatever happened to Cosseran? > > CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU writes: > >Looks cool :) (And you came up with other m'n words I couldn't think of!) > >It's thought that <gn> in Latin was actually /Nn/, and that later became > >/JJ/. /nn/ > /Nn/ seems a bit odd to me, but it's just dissimilation, not > >too strange in the grand scheme of things. > > Yes, my reason was dissimilation. Also, it's a way to distinguish the > language from the other Romance langs. Interesting that <gn> was /Nn/, > would never have guessed from the orthography.
If so, it would be somewhat parallel to the use of Greek agma, no?
> From: Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...> > Subject: Re: New (Well, Revamped) Language: TIEG'EW / GABWE > > > Well, the epenthetic vowel could be a lax vowel /@ I U/ close to next > > vowel. It could also be close to the point of articulation of the > > consonants: labial and velar would bring /U/, coronal, uvular and > > faringeals would bring /@/, palatals would bring /I/... or something > > like that. This way they become more systematic. > > Hmm. If you're working with a limited vowel set how do you manage this? > I have a boring system of /e i a o u/ plus /I/ and /@/, but lack /U/. > I'll figure something out. Thanks. :-)
You could always invent an /U/ that only appears in these kinds of contexts. That's sort of what Hadwan does with /E/, as its vowel system is even smaller with something like /a I Y U/. (Actually the construct comes up enough that /E/ can be fairly common, but only before labials, [at least in Hadwan B] so...) *Muke! --