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Chapter I: Phonology
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This is a basic outline of the phonology of Aamyeriets
This public article was written by [Deactivated User], and last updated on 1 May 2018, 14:09.

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Menu 1. Gloss 2. Consonants 3. Vowels 4. Putting Things Together 5. Native Writing System

Aamyeriets consists of 26 consonants, 9 monophthongs, 5 diphthongs, and 9 palatalized, or softened monophthongs, for a total of 72 (49) phonemes. A nice number, in my opinion. I’ve included the IPA charts for linguists and nerds. For everyone else, I’ve included General American Examples.
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Because I'm not writing to linguistic illiterates, I'll just direct you to the phonology page of the language.

Here are some notes on the consonants:

The velar approximant, /j/, isn't supposed to be fully pronounced. It's only placed before vowels to soften them, like in Russian.

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Ditto first paragraph under Consonants.

Here are some notes on the vowels:
As in General American English (the phonological base), the cot/caught merger is sort of not a factor. People pronounce whichever is easiest for them.

[edit] [top]Putting Things Together

I will note a few things to clarify the design of the phonetic Romanization. Except for some vowels, Aamyeriets phonology contains all the sounds in English, so its Romanization could be used as a keyboard friendly phonetic system, I guess, but because of the digraph vowel system, words that would otherwise be short suddenly become very long, like automobile becomes aatuhmohbeel, or even autuhmohbeeuhl depending on where you’re from. It’s the best I’ve been able to come up with for what I’m doing. It's important that those learning the language know that what is on the page is extremely close to what it should actually sound like.

If you read the entire thing through, the first thing to notice is that all the vowels come in digraphs. This is for the sole purpose of avoiding ambiguity in words where there might be two or more vowels in a row (I'm looking at you, old MacDonald). Secondly, there are some symbols that technically don't do anything except modify a letter which they're next to. I am, of course, referring to y and h respectively. ‘y’ is designed only to indicate that a vowel is soft. ‘h’ is used only to indicate that a consonant makes an alternative sound to what it would make, were it by itself in a word, similar to the ь (soft sign) in Russian.

Capital letters are not used at all. I've never particularly like the way capitals look, and I find their usage more redundant than it's worth.

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Naturally, I believe that no artlang* is complete without an exotic looking script. I created an abugida which I'll write about in a later article. Hang tight.




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