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Building a Better Language – Sound Inventory – (Episode 2)

Building a Better Language – Sound Inventory – (Episode 2)


Hello, my name is Johnathan, and this video
is gonna be about the inventory of sounds this language has. And we’re gonna make it
the end goal of this video to be able to pronounce the name of the language, which is “fawopŏsɣy”.
I’ll write that down. Or, in IPA… there we go. The meaning of the name of the language
ain’t that important at the moment, but it means something like “patterned language”,
cause I’m tryna make it regular, and not really natural and that. But anyway, uhh. First,
I’m gonna warn anybody that doesn’t know IPA that there’s gonna be some IPA, phonetic notation,
in this video. So I’m gonna make a Doc that’s just a pronunciation guide that’s pretty much
just English. Second, I’m not really gonna worry about orthography at
the moment, uhh, either. So there’s gonna
be none of that, it’s just gonna be the phonology and the sounds in this first video.That’s
it. So, let’s get this started. To start off, I’ll label this nasal, stop, fricative, and
approximate. Then I’ll start off with labial. We have… we have muh, puh, buh, fuh, and
vuh. We have alveolar; nuh, tuh, duh, and we have thuh, dhuh, suh, zuh, shuh, and zhuh.
It’s the whole range of the alveolar fricatives. We’ll go on to palatal and velar. We have…
we have nguh, kuh, guh, khuh, ghuh, and wuh. Now the reason I made this palatal-velar is
they actually have allophones. So I made the nguh, nyuh, or however you pronounce the palatal
nasal. Kuh, and guh have palatal stops as allophones too. And then the fricatives and
even the approximate. I made the uhh, the double-u has yuh as an allophone. Then uvular,
for this we just have quh, and qhuh. And that’s it. And then we have glottal, which is just
the stop. So that’s the whole consonant inventory. Oh I almost forgot; uhh ruh, or rhuh, or rruh,
or rxuh. I’m thinking that’s just gonna be an allophonic… however you pronounce r.
So that’s final the final consonant inventory. I didn’t really draw a vowel chart, so let’s
do that. So we have… uh, ue, oe, eh, ae, ah, that’s not ah, ah, au, oh, and oo. Now
that doesn’t look like really the most natural, really viable vowel system, but it’s really
just kinda a holdover from when I first made it, and the first thing I made was the vowels
and the phonology, so I really didn’t know much about it. And I guess it could work as
a kinda thing where you can raise the eh to ey and still be able to distinguish the sounds
between them, right? Uhh, so that’s the vowels. It’s pretty simple otherwise. But, I guess
I should mention though, the stress rule I have. It’s kinda more phonotactics, which
is gonna be the next video , but the stress always falls on the second
to last syllable. No matter if it’s a schwa, cause I have the schwa. the schwa just turns
into maybe like a ahh, something like that, it’s still distinguishable from the other
vowels, but it can be stressed. But getting on, I thought this was a good mix of stuff
that will be familiar to English speakers, and stuff that is unfamiliar like, uvular,
you… there definitely aren’t that many English speakers that would know immediately how to
pronounce like quh. Uhh, most of the stuff is pretty standard, vanilla, ehh. Even the
thuh, dhuh, the differences in the alveolar fricatives, and the ruh that can be pronounced
as an approximate. Uhh, so that’s it it’s pretty simple, not that hard to grasp, especially
if you have some background with this kinda stuff. So… that’s it. See you in the next
video.

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