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Den 2006-10-02 10:33:23 skrev Risto Kupsala <[log in to unmask]>:

> Alexandre Xavier Casanova Domingo wrote:
>> las probos eksperimentas indikan firmamente ke solamente
>> esan aceptablas las dudecoseisas letros de la alfabeto
>> latina primara, sin signos grafikas adicionas, sea
>> separatas, sea adheratas ba las letros primaras. ansi,
>> las unikas letros aceptablas para la representasiono
>> fonetika en una bona linguo helpanta planata internaciona
>> esan: "a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y
>> z" (plus suas formos majuskulas).

Wasn't v pronounced both like u and w (in fact a short u) in Caesar's time  
so that veni, vidi, vici in fact were pronounced ['we:ni, 'wi:di, 'wi:ki]?

Kjell R
>
> This made me think about the phoneme inventory of the Classical Latin. It
> was relatively small. The alphabet had the following letters (originally
> without minuscule forms):
> A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T V X Y Z
>
> I stood for [i] and [j].
> V stood for [u] and [v].
> C, K and Q all stood for [k].
> X stood for [ks].
> Y was pronounced [i] or [u].
> Digraphs CH, PH and TH were pronounced [k], [f] and [t].
>
> That makes five vowels:
> a e i o u
>
> And 16 consonants:
> j v
> p b d t k g
> f h l m n r
> s z
>
> It's a neat set. Didn't Latino Sine Flexione have this phoneme inventory?
> In that case it ranks high in phonetic simplicity compared to most other
> Eurocentric IALs.
>
> -- Risto Kupsala



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