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himalayanpussycat ("himalayanpussycat" <maryannehanna@...>) on July 20, 2007

Glosa uses a kind of liaison (apparently inherited from a, an); when the w= ords like a, u or ko are followed by a vowel or h (consonant; this is a le= gacy of silent h; it’s about time we grouped it not with vowels but with c= onsonants, no?) d or n are added to create a liaison, making ad, un, or ko= n (I consider this too as a kind of inflection):

This rule may seem “natural” or = “nicer” to anglophones but for people of many other languages it strikes y= ou as odd. Perhaps with multiply defined vowels like English it may be rat= her difficult to separate the two consecutive vowels without a little “bou= ndary” sound (liaison). However, with distinctly defined vowels for Glosa =

and other languages this is not much of a problem. It is possible that a = little problem may arise when the two vowels are the same (this would not = be a problem for languages that clearly define short and long vowels); but= there are ways around the problem:

There are a few other (smalle= r) issues I like to raise but I think I’ve already upset a few people (I’m= sorry). (Who the hell is this tyro making all these demands? [I mean well= …]) So I will shut up, for now. Thank you.

NB: All examples come from= “18 Steps to Fluency”

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Liaison - Committee on language planning, FIAS. Coordination: Vergara & Hardy, PhDs.