linguoboy wrote:Phlogiston wrote:linguoboy wrote:Er...not really. Now instead of a having a length contrast in only two vowel phonemes, you have it in only one. Now it's your low level that's crowded: /æ/ /æː/ /ɑ/ /ɒ/.
I'll try to fix that. How would you recommend?
It depends what you're going for, really. Personally, I would either (a) extend the length contrast to more vowels or (b) eliminate it completely (unless of course I could come up with some really compelling reason for why it should have developed in only one vowel).
Okay. What would be entailed by those options? As in, all of the vowels would have a long and short version, or none would have them?
Phlogiston wrote:Does the phonology include the digraphs? If so, then I'll put those in.
Phonology includes everything about the sounds of your language. Not just what the basic distinctions are but all the variants (positional, dialectal, social, etc.) and all the rules for combining then. At the very least, it should explain the syllable structure and any restrictions on clusters. (For instance, English may allow syllables of the form CCCVC, but that still doesn't mean that *tkven is a permissible word. It is in Georgian, however.)Phlogiston wrote:I probably didn't go out of my way to make sounds that were (to me) different.
That's typical for a first go.
Hm. I'll make an edited list with the vowels fixed, but here's some sounds:
xlt-/xɔlt/-like "cult" with a west-coast accent.
Lots of other words will have [cons.]lt endings, as -lt is a conjugation. most conjugations have a -l[consonant] ending, and they usually have the /ɔ/ as the sound in between.