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On Tue, 25 Sep 2001 13:07:25 +0200, BP Jonsson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Now imagine expanding this system to dentalveolar fricatives and stops:
>
>_t_  /t/
>_d_  /D/
>_dt_ /d/
>_td_ /T/
>
>The beauty of these digraphs is really that they are virtually impossible
>to pronounce as sequences of the values of their component letters!

Hmmm... Well, it happens that /d/ is only about half as common as /t/ in
Tirehlat, but /D/ is much rarer. However, the main reason it's such a rare
consonant is that I've only recently added it to the phoneme inventory. One
of the things I'm going to be doing in the near future is go through the
vocabulary list and change words that I didn't care much for in the first
place to use some of the rarer phonemes. It's an interesting system, but it
would take some getting used to, and that would defeat the purpose of using
a romanized spelling (it would be just as easy to learn the V'lika letters
for these sounds).

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