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165199Re: Vowel Harmony?

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  • Peter Bleackley
    Sep 11, 2009
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      staving Roger Mills:
      > Pete (Bleackley?) wrote: ....what I
      >>> call a "vowel melody" system, mainly on the ground that
      >> I don't know a
      >>> better term for it. There's an underlying three-vowel
      >> system, but each
      >>> vowel assimilates towards the following one, eg katiru > ketyru
      >>> surami > soremi So we have a total of six vowels i y u � e o ���a
      >>>
      >>>
      >>> where subsequent syllables must contain vowels which
      >> are either
      >>> identical or adjecent in the triangle, and the final
      >> vowel of a word
      >>> must be at an apex of the triangle.
      >>>
      >>> Any real-life examples of such a system, and what would
      >> it be called?
      >
      > My Prevli is similar, but the word-bases are only 2-syl. with penult
      > stress, and the final V is affected in certain forms of the word, but
      > in others forms, the underlying vowels appear. Thus the modified
      > final vowels are not really phonemic. FWIW, it has a 5-vowel system
      > /i e a u o/, only /i a u/ occur in final syl. and modify to [e, y, o,
      > &, O]. (IIRC)
      >
      > Your system seems to involve a recusive umlaut rule-- V1 is affected
      > by V2, then V2 by V3. You refer to the underlying /a i u/, but do
      > these vowels ever actually occur in 1st or 2nd syllables? Where is
      > the stress (perhaps word-final?), and does it matter?
      >

      It's certainly possible for apical vowels to occur in first sylables,
      for example

      kafanu > kafonu

      As for position of stress, I haven't consisdered it.

      I think part of the inspiration is Grey Codes - if you think of it in
      terms of distinctive features
      f l r
      i 1 0 0
      e 1 1 0
      a 0 1 0
      o 0 1 1
      u 0 0 1
      y 1 0 1

      Pete
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