On Sat, 30 Oct 2010 18:35:05 -0700, Arthaey Angosii 
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> I needed a naming language for this year's NaNoWriMo. So far I
> have a phonology and orthography sketched out, which I'd
> appreciate feedback on. This conlang has no name yet. It's
> *inspired* by Irish and Turkish features, but it's actually a priori
> and I'm picking and choosing as strikes my fancy. :)

Hi Arthaey,
are you *sure* you want to use that phonology and orthography for 
NaNo? Looks like lots of opportunities for typos!


>You can see some randomly generated words that (mostly) fit the
>phonology & orthography described below by visiting
> , and I've 
>a couple words without meaning here to show you the flavor:
>erçëalé /Et`s`je'le/
>çelhísie /tSE'Zisi/
>koecölú /kotswV'lu/
>àçoecarşú /'AtSotsA"s`u/ *1
>èrçaená /'Et`s`a"na/
>şótonasò /'SotVnA"sV/
>*1: Those secondary stress syllables may actually be equally stressed,
>not sure yet.
>m/ m    /n/ n                        /N/ nh
>/p/ p
>/f/ f    /t/ t             /t`/ rt    /k/ k
>         /s/ s    /S/ ş    /s`/ rş    /x/ h
>         /r\/ r                       /j/ y*2
>         /l/ l                        /L/ lh*2
>         /ts/ c   /tS/ ç   /t`s`/ rc
>*2 A merger is progress with /j/ and /L/, which are both moving 
>[Z] (like Argentinian Spanish). Yes, that's [Z] spelled <lh>. :)
>CXS Front      CXS Back
>/i/ í, ie      /u/ ú, ue
>/I/ ì, i       /M/ ù, u *3
>/e/ é, ea      /o/ ó, oe
>/E/ è, e       /V/ ò, o
>/a/ á, ae *4   /A/ à, a
>*3 /u/ and /M/ have merged into [u]
>*4 I personally seem incapable of pronouncing [a], so I realized /a/ as 
>The language has vowel harmony, where suffixes trigger vowel 
>in the stem. The set of front vowels /i I e E a/ map to back vowels /u
>M o V A/. When a front vowel (say, unstressed /i/ <ie>) becomes a 
>vowel through harmony, it is written as the harmonized vowel + a
>diaersis, macron, or breve (depending on what diacritics the original
>vowel carried). For example:
>í => ū
>ie => üe
>ì => ŭ
>i => ü
>A fronted vowel is pronounced with a [j] before it; a backed vowel is
>pronounced with a [w] before it. This means that you can tell from
>both the pronunciation and the spelling when a vowel has been
>harmonized. For example:
>mel /mEl/ + -in /In/ => melin /mElIn/
>mel /mEl/ + -an /An/ => mölan /mwolAn/
>mol /mVl/ + -in /In/ => mëlin /mjElIn/
>mol /mVl/ + -an /An/ => molan /molAn/
>Stressed vowels are written with a grave or acute accent. Unstressed
>vowels are written as plain letters or as digraphs.
>Retroflex consonants are written with an rC digraph (eg, /t`/ <rt>).
>For a /r\/ + retroflex consonant cluster, two <r>s are written (eg,
>/rt`/ <rrt>).
>I think I want to make some consonant mutations based on 
morphology or
>syntax, but I haven't worked that out yet. For a naming language, 
>words are in isolation. :)