* LeoMoser([log in to unmask]) <[log in to unmask]> [001110 20:42]: > The issue of how sequences of vowels are pronounced in Conlangs has > been IMO little addressed. Many artlang feature quite a few such > sequences. Some do not specify how they are to be pronounced. /snip eo-ido examples/ > Let's look at this from an artlang point of view. Would you have the > following pronounced as one or two syllable words in your languages? > (As "Imaginary words," they are marked by *; please don't worry if > some are actual words in some natlang.) > > If we opt for two syllables, we get such initial combos as the > following: > Initial [dj] in: *dieto, *dieno, *dialo etc. /shortened list/ > Initial [rw] in: *ruano, *ruino, *rueso etc. > > Would these be safer to define as three syllables? What differing > effects would the results have in an artlang? Would it be easier to > sing in one form or another? Would poetry be easier in one form or > another? In mine (as anyone following the discussion on tāruven vowel-combos between Daniel Andreasson and me in the middle of october might remember) they would all be pronounced as three syllables, with hiatus. This is an aesthetic descision on my part, I like vowels and combinations thereof. </tyrant> > Combinations of -oa- -eo- etc. face the danger that English speakers > insert a semivowel, making such things as -owa- and -eyo-. This is, to > a degree, another issue. Monolingual English-speakers' loss, that, *nanananananah* ;p t.