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Re: Lïzxvööse Verbs I: Active Tri-Consonantals

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Sunday, August 12, 2001, 5:35
Dan Seriff wrote:

All very interesting and coherent.

> Imperative, example root t-r-zc [t-r-D] - "telling, narrating": > The imperative is an interesting form, due to its shape (taCCC-), with > all three root consonants in proximity. Many bizzare sound changes take > place in this form (as is about to be demonstrated with /r/). > tatrzcaa [tAttDA:] tell! (masc. sg. subject) > tatrzcö [tAttDo] tell! (fem. sg. subject) > tatrzcözxa [tAttDoZA] tell! (pl. subject) > > This shows one of /r/'s many guises: > /C[stop]r/ -> [C:] / _C[any] > i.e., when between a preceding stop and any other consonant, /r/ > disappears, but not before geminating the stop
The lengthening here is very normal when there is loss of some kind. However, geminate consonants are basically defined by a break in syllables lying between them. That means that (if I understand your data aright) syllable breakdown would have to be something like tatrzcaa [tAttDA:]: tAt.tDA: tatrzcö [tAttDo]: tAt.tDo tatrzcözxa [tAttDoZA]: tAt.tDo.ZA The only thing slightly weird I find about this is that it seems to require that you have a voiceless onset stop clustered with a voiced fricative ([tD]) -- something that, if not impossible, I'd bet would be very rare in the phonologies of the world, because it's basically an affricate without agreement in voicing. You could solve that easily in a number of ways, e.g. by devoicing the [D] in such circumstances. That's really just a nitpick, though. =================================== Thomas Wier | AIM: trwier "Aspidi men Saiôn tis agalletai, hên para thamnôi entos amômêton kallipon ouk ethelôn; autos d' exephugon thanatou telos: aspis ekeinê erretô; exautês ktêsomai ou kakiô" - Arkhilokhos