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Which IPA phones can be made and understood underwater?

From reading the answers to the Worldbuilding SE you reference, I would draw the following conclusions: anything unvoiced goes out of the window. So no /f/, /p/, /k/, /t/, /s/ etc. They are pretty ...
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Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

Unfortunately, the English Wikipedia does not have an article on Slavic toponymy yet, the best attempt I am able to find is Bulgarian placename etymology giving at least some hints. You can find ...
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Which IPA phones can be made and understood underwater?

A while ago, someone on reddit tried to test this experimentally (using a bathtub). Here’s what they found: Vowels Overall, these were the hardest to distinguish (at least personally). ...
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Designing a vocabulary for geographical features

The first thing is: Design not only one word for each geographical feature, use several of them. To give some examples from a natural language (German in this case): A mountain may have a name in -...
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Designing a vocabulary for geographical features

There are many factors that make actual real-world placename not look schematic (unless, maybe, you're looking at Japanese placenames...) Have many different etymological sources from names In ...
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