165199Re: Vowel Harmony?
- Sep 11, 2009staving Roger Mills:
> Pete (Bleackley?) wrote: ....what IIt's certainly possible for apical vowels to occur in first sylables,
>>> 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?
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
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