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John:

This is terrific stuff! I'm very impressed with the comprehensiveness
of the documentation. I have looked through the phonology section, and
I had a couple of questions/comments.

You give Nkrumah, mbwana, and Ndebele as examples of syllabic nasals.
These are more likely to be prenasalized stops rather than syllabic
nasals. Better examples might be the following words from Navajo, in
which the initial nasals are genuinely syllabic:

nda 'no'
ndóstázii 'top (toy)'
ndíghílii 'sunflower'

You give an ejective verison as a freely varying alternant of the
lateral affricate, and say that the non-ejective is more common
word-initially. I would think that it should be the other way around,
since acoustic cues for glottalization are more obvious in the release;
i.e., on a following vowel.

Finally, how are mid-low and falling tones distinguished in the
romanization?

I've really got to get back to work now. Thanks for the diversion.

Dirk

On Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at 10:22  PM, John Quijada wrote:

> Greetings Conlang Subscribers:
>
> I just wanted to introduce the new conlang I've been working on for
> the last 25 years, Ithkuil.  It is a combination of a philosophical
> language with a logical language that uses a unique "morpho-phonemic"
> script.  The website presents a highly detailed, comprehensive grammar
> of the language with lots of examples.  The URL is
> http://home.inreach.com/sl2120/Ithkuil
>
> Any feedback would be appreciated.  Thanks.
>
> John Quijada
>
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