Back to conlanging
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Monday, March 20, 2006, 2:28|
No, really! I haven't done anything in a while with my conlangs, but
here I go. This post is actually on-topic!
I begin by noting that I tend toward very boring phonologies. Of my
langs, the only one that's not a straight up Spanish-style phonology
is Okaikiar, and that's only because it has no phonemic laxity/voice
distinction and an odd rule about when the voiced/unvoiced allophone
is chosen (voiceless next to schwa).
So I'd like to do something a bit more interesting. Baby steps,
though, because I'm new at this. I thought I'd start with a little
But not vowel harmony. Consonant harmony. Is that even a term? Is
it still "assimilation" when it's operating long-range? Is it still
"metaphony" if it's consonants instead of vowels?
I got the idea from my toddler, who has anticipatory consonant harmony
in some words. For instance, "airplane" becomes [p@plein] and
"helicopter" (which he tells me is a "funny airplane") becomes
[keikApt@`r\].... (The syllable loss comes from a regular modification
in his speech; he can't say [l], but says [j] instead. So Eli -> Eji
I was thinking that I would use prefixes whose consonants would adjust
to the POA of the root word's first consonant. So /na-/ would still
be [na-] in front of /doSu/, but would become [ma-] in front of
/bEki/, [Na]- in front of /kora/, etc.
So, what natlangs do this? What is it called, if not "consonant harmony"?
It seems like the sort of thing likely to be found in the
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>