Gotta love the wonderfully horrible browsing capabilities of smartphones.
Anyway, thanks for the clarification. To make sure I got this right allophones are different phones that are all within a phoneme for that language. These different phones are used in place of the usual one depending on the location in the word (and other factors), but sound the same to the listener/speaker?
Most languages with a five vowel system have a high front vowel (usually represented with /i/), a high back vowel (/u/), mid front (/e/), mid back (/o/) and low (generally represented with /a/, regardless of frontness).
You can certainly change these vowels, but to explain your system: you have a near-high front vowel which you represent with /ɪ/, a high back rounded vowel /u/, a low front vowel /æ/, a low-mid back unrounded vowel (or else mid central) /ʌ/ and a low-mid back rounded vowel /ɔ/.
Using /ɪ/ for front high isn't wrong, but non-standard, and it would be uncommon for [ɪ] to be the primary allophone rather than [i]. Similarly the use of /æ/ as the only low vowel over /a/, not wrong, but something to be aware of.
One thing you could consider is explaining you vowel system as a system in the middle of change. Perhaps your vowels are shifting. /æ/ may be headed towards /ɛ/ or /e/, /ɔ/ may be coming from /ɑ/ and headed for /o/ or the other way around.
Overall, I would recommend that you use /i/ over /ɪ/. And maybe consider adding a front mid vowel or explaining what happened to it (it could have become /ʌ/ e.g.).
Hmmm... I though I did type /i/. Regardless, that is what i meant.
About the other stuff. Using the chart for IPA on vowels, this is what I had come with:
/i/ -------------,---------------- /u/
\ \ |
\ \ |
\------------\------ /ʌ/ /ɔ/
/æ/ \ |
So a five vowel system has
high front: I have /i/
high back: I have /u/
mid front: I have nothing, but kind of /æ/ ??
mid back: I have /ʌ/ and /ɔ/
close: I have nothing, but kind of /æ/ ??
If I where to add a mid front vowel, say /e/, would the /æ/ pass as a low vowel? Or if I added a low vowel, say /a/ would /æ/ pass as the mid front vowel?
also, what other vowel systems are there, and what characterizes them? I don't want anything to complex, but want to explore other possibilities.
RAWR!!!!! taking me so long to make this post, i've attempted to post twice and had somebody else post
Anywhose, @Ollcock that dental consideration is a good point. I think I will still include /θ/. The eating habits of this race does dictate that their teeth are along similar lines as a dogs? perhaps. They eat mostly meat, but are capable of consuming, and surviving on, vegetables and fruits.
Perhaps the /θ/ will end up sounding like a whistle perhpas? I will need to investigate this and decide if they could actually pronounce /θ/.