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On Jan 11, 2014 7:40 PM, "Daniel Bowman" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> >
> > I have been thinking about the orthography of the new language (sodna
> > lɛni, or SL). It currently uses IPA in a broad phonemic way, but I
> > have been thinking about switching to an ascii or close to ascii
> > orthography. The biggest stumbling block is the vowel system: I have
> > 7. i, ɨ, u, e, o, ɛ, a. I have been thinking about using 'y' for i and
> > 'i' for 'ɨ' because I anglicize the most common verb
> > tɨŋi as 'tingy', but I don't like the idea of doing kiɬi as 'kylhy'. Any
> > ideas?
> >
> >
> That depends on what diphthongs SL allows.

None. So digraphs are an okay solution.

> If it only allows specific
> ones, then you can define digraphs for vowels that will never occur
> together.  This is akin to how English assigns "sh" for  ʃ, since the
> combination /sh/ does not exist in English phonology.  This is the
strategy
> I used for Angosey.  I needed a way to represent ɯ, but I had already used
> the letters "aeiou" for other vowels.  So I defined ɯ as the digraph "eu"
> in Angosey, since the sound represented by "u" never occurs after the
sound
> represented by "e."  So any time I see "eu" I know it is ɯ.  Now, part of
> the angst of my other recent post is that I came up with some other
digraph
> combinations pretty early on (10 years ago), and later "discovered" that
> the diphthongs actually DID exist, leading to ambiguities.
>
> It all comes down to how well defined your phonology is, I think.

Hmm. Yes. And I mostly find phonology dull, so I don't spend much time
thinking about it at all. :-)
-S