We start off with a reccomendation of sorts of the Speculative Grammarian Podcast, and George’s own long post on romanization. Then we get into the meat of the show talking about all kinds of irregularity and “regular irregularity”. Then we take a 180-degree turn and talk about the insanely regular Esperanto.
Top of Show Greeting: Ayeri
Email from Nathaniel:
B is a nasal syllable with low tone.
C is a nasal syllable with middle tone.
D is a oral syllable with high tone.
E is a oral syllable with low tone.
F is a oral syllable with middle tone.The first and second occurence of a syllable do not have to be the same word, but they must have the same features. Thus, péék and pár would fall in the same class. A, B, and C must all begin with the same sound. D, E and F must be the sound’s nasal equivalent.
M is a nasal monosyllabic word with middle tone.
O is a oral monosyllabic word with middle tone.
Unlike the above, M and O have to be the same word in all contexts.
Because the structure is so strict, the poems do not have necessarily have to make sense, although it is more prestigious to do so.
Because the Japaratu are a poetry-loving culture, they have developed an elaborate poetry notation system. Here is an example:
Which literally translates as:
autumn fern dirt
tide clever branch
clear clear poison poison
Negative copula (to not be)
My apologies if any or most of this is unclear.
Thanks for sharing all of this with us.