On Tue, 2003-04-08 at 21:04, Daniel Andreasson Vpc-Work wrote: > Danny Wier wrote: > > > Okay, I'm still working on vowels for Tech. I'm considering incorporating a > > feature where Proto-Tech vowels /i/ /@/ and /u/ become /j@/ /@/ and /w@/, > > while /e/ /a/ /o/ become /ja/ /a/ /wa/. In Vj sequences, /@/ and /a/ become > > /i/ and /e/; in Vw sequences, /u/ and /o/. > > > but is there a better word for this? > > In the Nordic languages /e/ becomes /ja/ (as in _ek_ -> Mod.Sw. _jag_ 'I'). > This is called _brytning_ which would be "breaking" in English. > > A word for you, perhaps? Old English had its own breaking, which was the diphthongisation of certain vowels (I'm thinking (long?) /i/, /y/, /e/ and /&/) before certain consonants (I think it's /r/, /l/, and /h/). I imagine in a phonetic context, breaking would be assumed to mean something like that in English; the Tech changes seems somewhat different (losing vowels and then regaining them). Can't offer any better suggestion though :) Tristan.