Since I am linguist, I love to play with word structures, and enjoy theorising about stuff, so I invented my own system of phomes, ones which I believe apply to the structure of words in any language.
The system is largely based on IPA and stems from my love of magical Japanese.
Consants – I follow a system of approx. 35 consants. It is obviously broken down into types – such as labia and dental, though I base everything on relationships in the Zodiac.
Dental – [ t ] [ d ] [ θ (th) ] [ ð (dh) ]
Labia – [ p ] [ b ] [ f (ph) ] [ v (bh) ]
Alveolar – [ s ] [ z ] [ ʃ (sh) ] [ ʒ (zh)]
Velor – [ x (ks) ] [ k ] [ g ] [ ɤ (gz) ] [ q (kh) ] [ ɣ (gh) ]
Nasal – [ m ] [ n ] [ ŋ (ng) ]
Liquid – [ r ] [ l ] [ h ]
Kh = (Kw) = Qu = Q
Within words are duplicate constants, such as: ss, tt, kk. Below are my interpretation. They act as a consant procceding a glottial stop.
[dt] [dth] [bp] [bph] [zs] [zsh] [ɤx] [gk] [gkh] [nm] [rl]
If you don’t know, the proper pronounciation for “x” is “ks”, as in “paradox”.
I like the idea of “rr; rh” and “ll; lh” in worlds such as “carr” and “call”. The letters “r”, “l” and “h” are used to extend the pronounciation of vowels.
[ c (ts) ] [ j (dz) ]
[ ɸ (ps)] [ β (bz) ]
[ ?? (ms) ] [ ?? (nz) ]
Don’t know what to do with with these, but I like them.
Vowels – this is the evolution of my vowel usage. For a long time, I used 6 vowels, including “y” as and individual letter. Recent development in my studies has concluded that their are more than double that original number – examples below.
[ a ] [ e ] [ i ] [ o ] [ u ] [ y ] – soft sound, quark
[ α ] [ ε ] [ ι ] [ ο ] [ υ ] [ ψ ] – hard sound, anti-quark
[ ()αa ] [ ()εe ] [ ()ιi ] [ ()οo ] [ ()υu ] [ ()ψy ] – meson
These double vowels act as semi-consonats. Such a Aaron or water. A “w” for example, is both similar vowel pronunciations, and can be used in combination with a consonant.
Another possibility, is to relate the 6 vowels to the 6 quarks, and their anti-quarks. They are the music of the universe, each producing a unique tone.
In Japanese, the usage of the “y” extends to a composite of consants and vowels.
[ ()ya ] [ ()ye ] [ ()yi ] [ ()yo ] [ ()yu ]
[ ()ψα ] [ ()ψε ] [ ()ψι ] [ ()ψο ] [ ()ψυ ]
ty() = ch() = ʧ()
dy() = jh() = ʤ()
I do not use the letter “c”, it is simply a modified “k” with a different inflection. The letter “w” is a doubled “u”, treated as unique phome. Rather, i’d use “uυ”, since it exists in Greek as “ω”. Unlike IPA, which uses “ch” and “j”, I use the above mentioned system of composite letters to reflect pronounciation.
Possible letters, used in fictional languages, such as my favourite – Tengwar:
yy / yψ / yh
I have my own version modified of English Mode Tengwar, which includes some of these letters. It would be fantastic to post in Tengwar font (lol).
Those not familiar with European languages won’t notice that their is fact more than 5 vowels in use. The two types are: hard and soft. Mostly, English uses such phomes “ae”, “oe” to represent unique vowels.
man – sounds similar to bun, while bun (the snack), sounds like short “boon”.
mαn – the pronounciation of the word for an adult male uses a lazy-sounding “a”.