Do you have experience as a phoneme?
• Are you allophonically trained?
• Do you know what a phoneme is?
• Do you own a telephone?
If so, Artik-
Consider the Papuan language Rotokas which by recent estimates has fewer than 12 distinctive phonemes. We spoke to Rotokas recently and it said ‘[i] need m[o] v[o]ls [o]gently’. And what about Hawai’ian? Although safely in the double figures it has fewer consonant phonemes than main islands in its own archipelago
And this is where you come in. If you have any free time during the week, even up to just a few hours, you can make a difference to one of these languages. We will provide full training over a three-
I trained to become an ejective bilabial plosive with a nasal dental allophone for a language with only 14 consonant phonemes
— and I’ve never looked back! I hardly ever see the wife, don’t have to play bridge on a Tuesday night. It’s given me a whole new lease of life! Just [b’]rilliant!—Mr /b’/ → [n] / #__V [high front], 52; Michigan, US
I’m chilling in the equator as a low back vowel phoneme for Rutaskan. As a CV language with only 4 vowel phonemes you can imagine that my services are very much in need. It’s busy, but fun. Before a negative suffix, I’m realised as a front central vowel
— so there’s lots of variety and I need to keep my wits about me. Plus, I’m in a relationship with Chad, who’s a trainer for Artik- U-l8. He was a long mid vowel for a Siberian language before moving into training and he’s taught me so much! The fun never glottal stops.
—Chloe, 21; Aberdeen, UK
So don’t delay. Artik-