I am working on a conscript and want to make sure I can handle all of Earth's languages. In some Indian languages they have the aspirated consonants like
bhavya. It is basically a breathy
b. But other languages like Swahili have
mh like mhenga, in which the
h are pronounced separately. First tangential question is, how is that second case represented in IPA?
Second, the main question, is are there languages which have sound-sequences of a consonant followed by a regular
dʒh, etc.? By that I mean, the Indian languages described use that syntax for defining aspiration, but it's not like
b-havya, with the
h pronounced separately. It's more like the b is extended to have breath. But if I had a writing system which put
<consonant><h>, that would have to mean one or the other, not both. So
mhenga would be a breathy/aspirated
m for example, instead of
To summarize, how do I think about this? How do you write both cases in IPA? Are there cases of consonants followed by an
h sound that isn't just aspiration? If so, what are some brief examples. I don't think I've come across a case outside of
h sound follows. But I may have just overlooked that.
What if I wanted to say
b-havya, how would I write that in IPA?