Re: Yet Another Simple Self-Segregating Morphology
- On 09/05/2013 16:51, Gary Shannon wrote:
> That's a good alternative. The other thing that occurredIMO that's artificial and ain't going to work in practice.
> to me is that as a _written_ language a space delimits
> the words, and perhaps there might be a required short
> pause between words when speaking.
> Alternatively, tone or emphasis might mark wordWell, yes - isn't that what actually happens in many
natlangs? (At least as far as phonological words go, which
doesn't always correspond to written words, cf the different
treatment of clitics in the writing systems of different
> For example, the stress could fall on the first syllableFavorite places for languages that use fixed stress seem to
> of each word,
be the first syllable, the penultimate syllable or the final
syllable. Any of those would work
> or the final syllable might be spoken with a slightOr slight falling tone ;)
> rising tone.
There are many possibilities.
"language … began with half-musical unanalysed expressions
for individual beings and events."
[Otto Jespersen, Progress in Language, 1895]
- 2013/5/9 R A Brown <ray@...>:
> On 09/05/2013 16:51, Gary Shannon wrote:I don't know why, but this sounds stereotypically as German language speech.
>> That's a good alternative. The other thing that occurred
>> to me is that as a _written_ language a space delimits
>> the words, and perhaps there might be a required short
>> pause between words when speaking.
- On Tue, 7 May 2013 14:47:49 -0700, Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...> wrote:
>Syllables are CV where C may be a single consonant or a simple cluster, andIf you didn't have clusters, you might get away with writing the vowel only once, e.g. kalamidi => klamdi or kalmid.
>V is a pure vowel, never a diphthong or vowel cluster of any kind.
>Roots are made up of some number of syllables, all of which share the same
>vowel. Thus "midi" and "tolosko" are valid roots, but "madi" and "taluska"
>When roots are joined, if they use different vowels then the roots are
>simply joined: mo + kala = mokala; moko + la = mokola. All compounds can
>then be decomposed in only one way.
>If the vowels in the two roots are the same then some different vowel is
>used to glue the two roots together. Thus: mo + koto = mo + a + koto =
>moakoto; lama + da =lamaida (but la + mada = laimada). Compounds, again,
>can only be decomposed in one way.
>That's all there is to it. Comments?
Speaking of SSM's, how about this?
Every word begins with a V- prefix, probably for syntactical function.
There may be medial CV- inflectional prefixes (C is a single consonant).
Content words end with 1 or more CC(VC)*V roots, e.g. sti, pkalo, mbelitu.
Function words have at least one medial but no roots.