I started Omlűt months ago as a hatelang to include all the linguistic features I don't like. 1. The name is inspired by a certain speaker of American English saying the German loanword ⟨Umlaut⟩ as [uːm.laut].2 Afterwards the name is explained as a conjugated form of ⟨omlut⟩ which means "to conversate, to talk to each other". It is spoken in a small, militaristic state (called Bólks) bent on world domination. There is a lot of dialectal variation, the descriptions usually refer to the northern dialect.
2. Phonem inventory
Omlűt uses three root vowels. These are "umlauted" in compounds and for inflection. The result are 9 vowels plus binary length distinction. The short "umlauted" vowels also occur in derivational prefixes. Inflectional suffixes never use a vowel other than the schwa. This makes 19 vowels in total.
The consonant inventory looks somewhat butchered3. It is not very symetric and there are a lot of consonants. There are 7 places of articulation and 10 manners of articulation, in total 24 consonants.
/s/ is [ʃ] before any other consonant
vocalic onsets start with [ʔ]
4. Syllable structure
The syllable structure is (C)(C)(C)V(C)(C). Roots often use large clusters4, function words tend to be simpler. Inflectional endings use syllabic consonants sometimes. There is only a limited number of permitted onset and coda clusters.
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/pr/ /pl/ /ps/ /pj/ /tr/ /tl/ /ts/ /tj/ /kr/ /kl/ /ks/ /kv/ /kj/ /br/ /bl/ /bj/ /dr/ /dl/ /dj/ /gr/ /gl/ /gj/ /fr/ /fl/ /sm/ /sn/ /sp/ /st/ /sk/ /sl/ /sv/ /sβ̞/ /sj/ /smr/ /snr/ /spr/ /str/ /skr/ /spl/ /stl/ /skl/
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/mp/ /mt/ /mb/ /mf/ /ms/ /nt/ /nk/ /nd/ /ng/ /ns/ /nz/ /pt/ /ps/ /ts/ /kt/ /ks/ /bt/ /bs/ /ds/ /gt/ /gs/ /ft/ /fs/ /sp/ /st/ /sk/ /rm/ /rn/ /rp/ /rt/ /rk/ /rb/ /rd/ /rg/ /rf/ /rs/ /rv/ /rz/ /lm/ /ln/ /lp/ /lt/ /lk/ /lb/ /ld/ /lg/ /lf/ /ls/
The romanization is based on the western dialect to a certain amount. These affects especially the mid-open vowels.
1It turns out that I did not succeed. I really like Omlűt now.
2I think that is funny
3Hatelang like I said