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Hi!

Yoon Ha Lee <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> JOOC, what inspired the name?  :-)

Oh, just like the working title of S2 and S3: fourth language, because
`language' is `Sprache' in German.

> >      Currently over 700 including 150 click phonemes.  The vast
> >      majority are plosives, fricatives and affricates (modifiers:
> >      nasalised, aspirated, pharyngealised, length, voice, etc.)
> >
> Wow!  That's going to be a !@#$ to transcribe.  Perhaps some sort of
> grid-construction...?

A lot of modifiers, actually.  Currently, the romanisation has
monsters like `gncttekx' for a single phoneme (a velar-prenasalised,
voiceless, long, dental click with velar affricate release). :-))))

Actually, I can produce this sound, but only with a hell lot of
concentration and only *once* in an isolated position.  No idea how to
ever be able to pronounce that fluently in a poem!  But if I succeed,
I'm sure it will sound so weird!


> I really like the idea of mostly-systematic offsets encoded in your
> table (-2, -1, 0, +1).

Thanks! :-)


> Sorry for the ignorance--I know what aspiration is, but what is
> postaspiration, and is there also a corresponding pre-aspiration?

Yes, exactly.  `t' in English is postaspirated and, because there is
no confusion with preaspiration in English, it is simply called
aspirated.  Simply have the aspiration in front, and it is
preaspirated.  Like in Icelandic:

 {t}   [th]   post-aspirated, voiceless, alveolar plosive
 {d}   [t]    non-aspirated,  voiceless, alveolar plosive
 {tt}  [ht]   pre-aspirated,  voiceless, alveolar plosive

Bj÷rk's last name has that: Gu­mundsdˇttir ["g_0vYDmYnts"tOUhtI:r]
:-)))

> > PS: I'm affraid I promised to make and read a poem in this new
> >     language to a friend.  My goodness...  Practice...
>
> <laugh>  Best wishes...

Thanks! Hihi. :-)))

**Henrik