Conlang all year round – Juneme in August

I’ve discovered that I missed conlanging, and as I’ve missed many months of “365 Conlang thingies beyond #Lexember,” I decided in the remains of August, I would cycle through the first 8 months twice of conlang-exercises twice.

We’re up to June!

Juneme – Document or add to your phonetic inventory a phoneme a day, or add a rule to your phonotactics a day, or a Sandhi rule a day (but not all three, that would be absurd)

See? I’m learning things every day! I had to look up Sandhi rules and phonotactics… and I think I have to try Calenyen more out loud before I can realize and Sandhi rules.

Calenyen Phonatactics:
* Two consonants appearing in a row (ketbaa, Diedreddakak) are pronounced separately, and mark a syllable break between them (ket-baa, died-red-dak-kak)

* A single consonant between syllables can belong to both syllables (lanutez lan-nut-tez)

* a palatalized consonant on its own between two syllables (Pebyab) is pronounced at the end of the first syllable as non-palatalized and then as palatalized in the beginning of the second syllable (peb-byab)

Ketbaa – mother
Diedreddakak – button-maker
lanutez – goat-hair braid, a faker
Pebyab – tiny baby goat

Old Tongue Phoneme

Ofein, a letter making the sound “o” as in the word “oh” (this is either o or o̞ in IPA, I think)

The word ofein also expresses the concept exist and is pronounced oh fine.


Polysemarch 2/ Juneme 2

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8 thoughts on “Conlang all year round – Juneme in August

  1. «the sound “o” as in the word “oh” (this is either o or o̞ in IPA, I think)» In English that phoneme is most often a diphthong, [oʊ]: the high mid back rounded valvemoving up a bit to approximately the position of the vowel in “foot”. You can treat it as a monophthong for Old Tongue: /o/. [o̞] would be somewhat lower in the mouth, approaching (but not actually) the vowel in “cough”.

      • I was thinking of the name of the letter, or the word O, or the vowel usually heard in “hope” or (appropriately) “goat”. Since I can’t hear you, I can’t really tell what differences there may be in what we’re thinking of and writing about.

          • Most Americans pronounce many of our “long vowels” as diphthongs, though we don’t think of them that way. Say “O-o-o-o-o-o-o”, holding it and keeping it on the same note, and dollars to doughnuts you’ll either feel your mouth move as you hear the vowel quality change, or realize that you’re not producing quite the same sound as you do in speech. I think the other apparent monophthongs are harder to demonstrate this in.

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