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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] [Phonetics] -ew', -Iw', -Iy'

David Holt (

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<body class='hmmessage'><div dir='ltr'><br>&nbsp;<BR><div>&gt; lojmIt tI’wI’ nuv ‘utlh jatlh,<br>&gt; Effectively, {w} and {y} are {u} and {I} used as consonants, creating the only shift from one</div><div>&gt;&nbsp;vowel sound to another in Klingon without a consonant between them. Since Klingon lacks</div><div>&gt;&nbsp;the Japanese “long” vowel idea, you can’t have {uw} or {Iy}. I’m not sure why {ow} is not</div><div>&gt;&nbsp;allowed, unless Okrand is making fun of the impure long “o” sound that English speakers</div><div>&gt;&nbsp;tend to use.<br></div><div>Actually {y} used&nbsp;in diphthongs&nbsp;represents /i/ doesn't it?&nbsp; Thus {Iy} is allowed, as attested by the words, {lIy}, {mIy}, {wIy}, and&nbsp;{SonchIy}.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>janSIy</div> 		 	   		  </div></body>
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