Eric Christopherson <[log in to unmask]> writes: > On Thu, Oct 18, 2001 at 11:21:25PM +0200, Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: > > Hi! > > > > I just thought that I could post the Grand Master Plan for my Romance > > conlang, Germanech, as it is. I have just finished it; possibly, it > > will undergo later changes, but for now, here it is. > > It took me a while to read this, but now that I have, it's really cool. Thanks! I already feared that it would pass unnoticedly, seeing no replies... > I > was wondering about a few things, though: > > 1. Does Germanech do anything special with initial sC? Does /sk/ become /S/? > Etc. I am considering having it "the German way", i.e. /s/ becomes /S/ before consonants initially, with /sk/ > /Sk/ > /S/. The spelling would be unaffected by this. (In German, the spelling is unaffected only in the cases of /Sp/ and /St/.) However, I am still rather undecided about this matter. I have been pondering whether Germanech should develop a prosthetic vowel before initial sC (as in French, Spanish and Brithenig), but as for now, I think not. So the Germanech word for "school" would be _scul_ [Sul], not something like **escul. > 2. You said x becomes either /k/ or /x/ -- is this x as in the Latin letter > x, i.e. /ks/? Yes. All the rules as given operate on the orthographic level, as in Andrew's Grand Master Plan for Brithenig. The *phoneme* /x/ is written <ch> in Germanech and has two allophones, namely [x] after back vowels and [C] elsewhere (just as in German). For example, "boxwood" is _boch_ in Germanech: Lat. buxus > OGch. bocho > ModGch. boch [box]. ("Box" is _böch_ [b%C] because the /i/ in Lat. buxis caused the first vowel to umlaut: Lat. buxis > OGch. böche > ModGch. böch.) ...brought to you by the Weeping Elf and the letter "ö"