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Not-so-plain English

More or less a month ago I read something about the Northern Cities’ Vowel Shift (NCVS), a chain change which accounts for the differences in vowel inventories between English dialects of the Great Lakes region (the US side, actually) and General American. It was interesting  and I had the idea of making an Inlush dialect based on it (Inlush is an English-based conlang by me).

However, I didn’t work on it until last Monday. NCVS proved to be evcn more interesting than what I had expected and I ended up with a conlang whose grammar was similar to that of Inlush, but greatly differing as far as phonology and orthography are concerned. The result was different enough from Inlush so as to be considered a language on its own, so I dropped its original name Inlish (which comes from English very much like Inlush) in favor of a more distinct one: Narçer /ˈnæɹt͡sɚ/, which comes from Northern. However, while its phonology is definitely based on that of Northern Inland American English, other aspects of this conlang may be closer to other English varieties.

The following table shows how both Inlush and Narçer deal with actual English vowels:

ENGLISH

INLUSH

NARÇER

bad

/bæd/

bad

/bæð/

bied

/bjeð/

pass

/pæs/

pas

/pæs/

pies

/pjes/

father

/ˈfɑːðɚ/

fade

/ˈfæðə/

fazer

/ˈfæzɚ/

not

/nɑt/

no

/no/

na

/næ/

loss

/lɔs/

los

/los/

las

/læs/

law

/lɔ/

lo

/lo/

la

/læ/

about

/əˈbæʊt/

ebot

/əˈβot/

evót

/ˈɘvot/

spotted

/ˈspɑtɪ̈d/

spotut

/ˈspoɾɜt/

ispaŧid

/ɜsˈpæɾɜt/

sit

/sɪt/

sut

/sʌt/

sit

/sɜt/

city

/ˈsɪti/

suru

/ˈsʌɹʌ/

siŧi

/ˈsɜɾɜ/

see

/siː/

shi

/ʃi/

xí

/çi/

date

/deɪt/

dait

/daɪt/

daat

/dæːt/

bed

/bɛd/

béd

/bɛð/

bäd

/bäð/

burn

/bɜːɹn/

been

/bəːn/

bern

/bɚn/

winner

/ˈwɪnɚ/

vune

/ˈvʌnə/

winer

/ˈwɜnɚ/

run

/ɹʌn/

ren

/ɹən/

ron

/ɹɔn/

put

/pʊt/

pót

/put/

put

/put/

through

/θɹu/

tró

/tɹu/

sru

/sɹu/

mute

/mjuːt/

myet

/mjət/

miut

/mjut/

my

/maɪ/

mei

/meɪ/

më

/meː/

boy

/bɔɪ/

boi

/boɪ/

bii

/bɜː/

soul

/soʊl/

sól

/sul/

suul

/suːl/

trout

/tɹaʊt/

trot

/tɹot/

trót

/tɹot/

arm

/ɑɹm/

aam

/æːm/

arm

/æɹm/

here

/hɪɹ/

hie

/ˈhiə/

hir

/hɜɹ/

bear

/bɛɚ/

bée

/ˈbeə/

bär

/bäɹ/

port

/pɔːɹt/

poet

/pɔə̯t/

port

/pɔɹt/

tour

/tʊəɹ/

tóe

/ˈtuə/

tur

/tuɹ/

pure

/pjʊɚ/

piee

/ˈpiəː/

piur

/pjuɹ/

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