Monday, January 10, 2011

Balapuk Orthography: Consonants

The consonant sounds of Balapuk.

B = b in book (IPA: b, X-SAMPA: b)
Ch = ch in church (IPA: tʃ, X-SAMPA: tS)
D = d in dog (IPA: d, X-SAMPA: d)
F = f in fan (IPA: f, X-SAMPA: f)
G = g in go (IPA: g, X-SAMPA: g)
H = h in hat (IPA: h, X-SAMPA: h)
K = k in kit (IPA: k, X-SAMPA: k)
L = l in leg (IPA: l, X-SAMPA: l)
M = m in mat (IPA: m, X-SAMPA: m)
N = n in nest (IPA: n, X-SAMPA: n)
P = p in pin (IPA: p, X-SAMPA: p)
S = s in sun (IPA: s, X-SAMPA: s)
Sh = sh in shed (IPA: ʃ, X-SAMPA: S)
T = t in tin (IPA: t, X-SAMPA: t)
V = v in vat (IPA: v, X-SAMPA: v)
Y = y in yarn (IPA: j, X-SAMPA: j)
Z = z in zoo (IPA: z, X-SAMPA: z)

Compare to Volapük orthography

How do you show the sounds of your conlang? Besides giving examples, you can use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its alternative, X-SAMPA.

IPA = International Phonetic Alphabet - has audio files for sounds
X-SAMPA = Extended Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet another phonetic alphabet, one which does not use special symbols.

Did you know? Volapük, the parent language of Balapuk, once had many additional letters to represent foreign sounds, and was intended as a international phonetic alphabet.

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