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Your finding the Natogu vowel system odd goes to show that natlangs
sometimes do things which conlangers are wont to find unnaturalistic. There
is usually an ANADEW for most 'weird' things we can come up with.

onsdag 27 januari 2016 skrev A Walker Scott <[log in to unmask]>:

> I thought I'd go ahead and say that the oddball inventory that I posted is
> not for any of my conlangs, but for the language I was doing field work on
> this last year.  The language is Natqgu, on of a small cluster of related
> languages on a couple of islands in Temotu Province of the Solomon
> Islands.  Obviously I thought the inventory stranger than any of you did.
> Oh, and there is only ONE recorded instance, thus far, of the nasalized
> /i/.
>
> The work I was helping with was focused mainly on collection words for a
> dictionary of Natqgu (we captured over 11,000 of the wily things) and
> transcribing/translating a collection of old oral texts.  I also did work
> on documenting their dance forms and collected what looks to be the first
> documentation on Solomon Island Sign Language. (I got a modified Swadesh
> list and a couple of texts that I'll be analyzing over the next few months
> to prove its uniqueness from other SLs in the area, especially NZSL.)
>
> Anyway, that's what kept me away from the list since last August.
>
> Adam
>
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 12:08 PM, A Walker Scott <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:;>>
> wrote:
>
> > I have returned, but under a new name -- A. Walker Scott.  I've been a
> > member here for decades under my real name, Adam Walker, but decided to
> > switch to my nom de plume, so as to give this name a bigger footprint on
> > the web.
> >
> > Anyway here is a phonetic inventory on which I'm eliciting comment:
> >
> > Vowels:
> > i  }  u
> >
> > e 8 o
> >   @
> >  {  6  O
> >
> > all of i, e, {, 8, @, 6, o, O may be nasalized
> >
> > Consonants:
> > m  n  N
> > p   t   k
> > mb nd Ng
> > s
> > v\  j
> > r
> > l
> > w
> >
> > Permissible consonant clusters:
> > mw, my, mn
> > ny
> > Ny
> > pw, py, pl, pn, pt (realized as pr)
> > bw, by, bl
> > tw, ty
> > dw
> > ky, kl
> > gl
> > lv\
> >
> > Syllables may be:
> > V
> > CV
> > CCV
> > VV
> > CVV
> > CVC
> > CCVC
> > CVVC
> > VC
> >
> > That's all for now.
> >
> > A. Walker Scott
> >
> >
>