Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>....  Maybe compromize?  Both _X_ and _i_ could be pulled toward the
>center, resulting in a uvular/velar [x] plus "barred i".....? (For some
>reason, I like "barred i" in languages :)

Oh, I like the sound very much, too. My favourite vowel system
is either /i i- e a o u/ or (as in Draselq) /i y e Y & a o u/
(that's <i  e   a o u>).

The "compromise" sounds really good, especially since I'm
gathering evidence that the language had a phonemic /i-/
not so long ago -- which could account for the sound being
still present at least allophonically.

--Pablo Flores