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Sathir Phonology

Sathir phonology ain't no picnic with Jasper Johns, I'm sorry to say. It's more like a hurried luncheon with the father you never met. It does the job, though, I will say that. I'll give you the table of consonant sounds below, then the vowel sounds, and then explain how they work. Or...maybe I'll list the consonants, explain how they work, then list the vowels, and then explain how they work. I haven't decided yet. I'll have to consult my statistician. (I'm sooooooo glad that the government decided to assign every American a personal statistician after the whole Iran hostage thing.) In either case, the consonants will come first. Here they be:


Consonants*

 

Bilabial

Dental

Alveolar

Palatal

Velar

Lab.-Vel.

Glottal

Normal Stops

p, b

t, d

 

 

k, g

   

Aspirated Stops

 

 

 

 

Lab. Stops

 

 

   

Pal. Stops

pʲ, bʲ

 

 

tʃ, dʒ

kʲ, gʲ

   

Fricatives

ɸ, β

θ, ðʷ

s, z

ʃ, ʒ

x

ʍ

h

Nasals

m, mʷ

n

n

ɲ

ŋ, ŋʷ

 

 

Approx.

 

l

ɾ, ɾʷ, ɾʲ

j

 

w

 

* I've elected to proceed directly to the vowels and leave the explanations for later, for the sole reason that explaining the allophonic variations illustrated above would require far more footnote room than I'm willing to allow.


Vowels

 

Front

Central

Back

High

i, iː

 

u, uː

Mid

ɛ, ɛː

ə

ɔ, ɔː

Low

 

a, aː

 

Consonantal Allophonic Variation

Now the tough part begins. If you look at the orthography of Sathir, it all makes sense. Divorcing from that, though, is tough on the children.

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