Before I make my rather grandiose request to you good people, I just want to
say that Iıve been lurking for about a month now, and not only have I
learned a lot about the hobby, Iıve been more than impressed by the civility
and generosity of the members of this list.
Now, having said that, as a rank amateur in this hobby, I throw myself on
the mercy of this list for assistance. Iıve developed a proto-root language
(Palaged) with the following phonetics:
My consonants, in order of frequency, are:
/r/, /n/, /l/, /s/, /d/, /t/, /k/, /m/, /th/, /v/, /g/, /dh/, /p/, /f/,
/sh/, /b/, /j/, /w/, /z/, /ch/, /h/, /zh/, /wh/, /rh/, /kw/, /kh/, /gw/,
/kth/, /vh/, /ng/
...where /r/ is trilled and /rh/ is not, and /vh/ is a non-dental /v/ (it
could also be classified as a non-labial /m/).
The vowels, again, in order of frequency, are:
/e/, /a/, /o/, /E/, /&/, /I/, /i/, /u-/, /U/, /u/
/Eo/, /aI/, /Io/, /IE/, /Ie/, /Ia/, /IU/, /Iu-/, /Ea/, /Eu-/
The syllable structure is essentially:
Where M = /r/, /n/, /m/, /l/, /s/
and E = /d/, /t/, /k/, /th/, /g/, /dh/, /p/, /f/, /sh/, /b/, /j/, /z/, /ch/,
/zh/, /kw/, /kh/, /gw/, /v/, /ng/
Certain ending combinations are still not possible (e.g. /sng/, /mgw/) --
for the most part, if itıs allowed in English or Proto-Indo-European, itıs
allowed in Palaged.
Iıve developed root-based vocabularies for a number of language families.
What I would now like to do is take these families and apply sound changes
to make them similar to the following real world families:
Since I have very little background in these tongues, any suggestions on how
to make my proto-roots sounds like these languages would be greatly
appreciated. This is part of a long, ongoing project, and Iıll be more than
happy to post reports of my results on the list before I work up a website
devoted to it.