UPDATE 1: Name, sound changes, and accent
This lang now has a name: Ancient Maric based off off the word for ocean: "mari"
The new inventory is as follows:
/m n/ m n
/p b t d ts dz k g/ p b t d ts dz k g
/s z ʃ h/ s z ş h
/l r j w/ l r y w
/i i: u u:/ i ī u ū
/e e: (o)* (o:)*/ e ē o* ō*
/a a:/a ā
*Only found in loan words, mainly from Ancient Greek.
Ancient Maric now has a pitch accent system with three tones: high, rising, and falling. High (1st accent) is marked <a> or <ā> depending on whether the vowel is long or short. Rising (2nd accent) is marked as <á> or <â>. Falling (3rd accent) is marked as <à> or <ă>. Accent is either on the 1st or 2nd syllable, and all other syllables receive a low tone.
The first syllable is always given a high pitch except for the following set of conditions:
1st vowel is short:
The second syllable has a long* vowel and is open. Then the 2nd syllable receives a falling pitch.
The second syllable has a long vowel and is closed. Then the 1st syllable receives a rising pitch and the 2nd vowel is shortened.
1st vowel is long:
If the second vowel is long and in an open syllable. Then the 1st vowel is given a falling pitch.
If the second vowel is long and in a closed syllable. Then the 1st vowel is given a rising pitch and the long vowel is shortened.
The second syllable had an overlong** vowel. Then the 2nd syllable receives a falling pitch, and the first vowel is shortened if long.
*a long vowel is any geminate vowel as well as a diphthong or a sequence of VR.
**an overlong vowel is any sequence of V:R. These are underlying but is realized as VR.