198129How Mentolatian Whisks Away All its Consonants
- Jul 17, 2013Voiceless dentals go yer ways,
see yez in some oblique case!
Ablaut and Umlaut came to play,
a > ə, e > ae, u > o > naught!
Mentolatian likes to take the nom. pl. of a noun and use that as a root
for a semantically extended series of nouns. For example, we have the
word dazg (house, roof, covering) whose plural is jí (from old dəzgí).
This plural becomes a new root, j- and can form a new word with a
common nominal stem, -un. Hence, jun, cloth. The plural of cloth, jní,
plus a different nominal stem, -aru, gives us sinaru, clothing. The plural
of clothing, snáer, yields a common word for a suit or wardrobe of
clothing, sneres. Finally, the plural of suits, zrəzí, plus a curious little
combining root, -sd (place where), gives us erzed, an armoir or dresser.
So, where the heck did dazg- go off to???
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