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Read "incubator" as "scratchpad", really... I just use the title because, really, my conlangs just sort of incubate until I decide to continue developing them.
So here's a bit of a phonology sketch for an updated Elmin:
Consonants: m n ŋ
b d g
There is probably a form of either contrastive palatalization, or iotated vowels — I'm leaning toward the latter — but it's not going to be especially common. /tʰ kʰ/ are written th ch (and /k/ is written c), and /ŋ/ is written ng, or nh intervocalically.
Vowels (and romanization): i ɨ u i y u
e o e o
ɛ ʌ ea eo
There is also a marginal vowel oe [y], because FOUR HIGH VOWELS WHAT HEY! also diphthongs in -i and -u.1
The interesting part is the syllable structure, which is probably best analyzed as (C)V(V)C, where the coda consonant is one of /m n ŋ l r/, which before another consonant assimilates essentially just like the n in Latin cōn, except before nasals where they still contrast. Words can end with vowels, however, and also may begin (and probably also end) with nasal + consonant, so basically the only important restriction I have is that vowels can't come directly before stops. Oh, and there's also a unique pair of diphthongs /ɰm ɰn/ gm gn which can appear intervocalically or word-finally (but not before another consonant, and not word-initially either.)
_________________________ 1. Edit: I had no idea how blatantly Korean this was... <eo> as /ʌ/ was the only Korean nod intended, I swear.