To the sound system of Moundsbar as established previously must now be added the familiar /p t k/, withheld from us up until just this last week by our informants, whose odd sense of humor we must simply live with:
p t k i u m N kp e o s 0 + 5 a
The stops are never noticeably aspirated but speakers’ eyes
appear to take on a certain glint during their production, as if
they had it in mind. The labial nasal /m/ is dull and
uninteresting. The voiced quality of the pulmonic ingressive velic
trill, which the speakers produce upon inhalation, is as we have
said before, merely underlying and not to be taken seriously. /N/
is syllabic, with flared nostrils and a general chimpanzee-
The previously established “doubly”-
Clearly the most interesting systemic aspect of Moundsbar consonantism is phonemic inhalation. This controversial claim has been fairly well received, the opposition being limited for all practical purposes to editors, publishers and reviewers. We state once again that our logic is beyond reproach: /5/ is not phonetically similar to any other sound of Moundsbar (or, for the record, of any other language). Indeed, it is not even in the same ball park, as it were, with any of them. There is therefore nothing it could be an allophone of, and its occurrence is not predictable. Its phonemic status thus follows as the night the day.
Be it noted that the fact of phonemic exhalation, to wit, the /h/ liberally sprinkled amongst the world’s languages, has normally been established by the same reasoning. As for contrast, both /h/, in those languages in which it is a phoneme, and /5/, contrast with whatever you please, including your Aunt Minnie, depending on the phonotactics of the language.
It surely will not be objected, that inhalation is restricted to the latter boundaries of breath groups. To offer such a patently circular piece of nonsense in order to render /5/ predictable would surely meet with universal hoots and catcalls.
Other matters: following a square vowel, /k/ is square.
Velars, as is well-
The sibilant /s/, run-