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The Spem conlang

The Spem conlang: the phonetic mapping

I mentioned in the Spem index that I believe our ideographic associations with sounds are not entirely arbitrary, and that I believe it valuable to use the sounds "appropriately". Here I'll list all the associations as I perceive them; it will likely be enlightening for me, others, or both.

Nasals and liquids

n

m

ŋ

r

l

Stops

k

t

p

g

d

b

Fricatives

v

z

s

f

ʃ

j

θ

ð

h

semivowels

w

y

vowels

i

u

e

o

ɪ

ɑ

a

ʌ

ɵ

A couple thoughts not on any particular phoneme:

question words

While I tend to talk as if all this is a matter of correctness and I have completely pure intentions in naming words, there's also a big element of vertical judgement here. I find some sounds more beautiful than others and as such I'm heavily biased toward using them more. I'm not sure to what extent these judgements are just me, so I should list those too.

My favorite vowels are, ordered, something like: `i` > `u` > `e` > `ɪ`, `a`.

My favorite consonants: `y`, `k`, `n` > `v`, `z` > `r` > `l`.

My only really disliked consonants: `ð`, `b`. I am biased toward reserving these for words that are less common, physical objects, or things associated with something I don't like.

As a general pattern I prefer voiceless stops and voiced fricatives.

Patterns

Patterns maintained more for the sake of consistency. If you see me going against these patterns anywhere, call me out, cause I shouldn't.

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