Re: [tied] 'Can' as Past Tense (was: Bader's article on *-os(y)o)
- Richard on the morphophonemic status of English "a":
> It may not be a living process,Exactly. Now when you can identify exactly _what_ stage of the
language between English and IE that "a" was ONLY due to
morphological processes and NEVER found lexically in verbs, then
let me know. Good luck in your search because such a thing is
evidently (next-to-)impossible in a language.
>From: Harald Hammarstr�m <haha2581@...>Mulwi is a Chadic language (related to Mulgu, I believe) spoken in the aread
> > It is a _fact_ that not one language has been identified by you or
> > anyone showing an exclusive use of non-lexical vowels. Not one. It's
> > also common sense that it would be practically impossible to do so.
> > I'm being very generous in calling it a "rare" situation in order to
> > leave possibility for such a language to exist. So far it actually
> > doesn't appear to even exist.
>Apart from Caucasian languages, Jaqaru (in South America) is said to have
>few vowels, and a non-semitic language Mulwi somewhere in Africa (I forget
>where) as well. It might be worth checking them - unfortunately my library
>(Gothenburg University) does not have the bibliographic resources for
>those two lgs.
south of Lake Chad.
Now THERE's a wierd bit of knowledge ...