Re: Announcing Ale, the first ever Mungayödic daughter language!
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 3, 2001, 17:11|
Dan Seriff wrote:
>Well, sort of. I only started thinking about it last night, after
>finishing most of the material on sound change in Trask. At the moment
>I've got three phases worth of unconditioned phonological changes that
>took place over a period of about 1500 years.
>I'm using 0/ for a null marker. A V or C in parentheses stands for any
>vowel or consonant.
>First wave (~ -2000 yrs, called the "Glottal Collapse" by nativelinguists):
>Also called Old Ale
>q -> k iI -> i@
>? -> 0/ iu -> ij
>h -> 0/ ao -> Aw
>l -> w N -> n
>gr -> kr
>dv -> dz
>Second wave (~ -900 yrs, the "Great Fronting"):
>x -> S ij -> il uw/Uw -> w
>j -> l -(V)m -> -(V)~
>T -> s (apical) -(V)n -> -(V)~
>D -> z (apical) -t/-d -> 0/
>all affricates -> s/z (laminal)
>sk -> S
>(C)r -> r
>Loss of nasality (~ -700 yrs):
>V~ -> V
>Third wave (~ -500 yrs, "Great Vowel Collapse"):
>Modern Ale, or just Ale
>i@ -> i: I -> i
>(C)j(V) -> (C)i: e -> i
>& -> E: V -> @
>ei -> E: Y -> @<rhotic>
>a -> A: O -> A
>Ai -> A: U -> u
>OY -> o:
>u -> u:
>i -> i:
>The short vowels /E/ and /o/ remain the same. This vowel change
>certainly needs a bit of shuffling for realism, but I think I've got the
>basic shift worked out.
>So, the Mungayöd word /Ibeidv&/, father, would change thus:
>/fiuvUljO/, daughter (I really like this one):
>Is this sound change plausible?
All plausible, but a couple minor considerations: (a) in general one might
expect stress to play a role; (b) IMO in Stage 3 it might be more
logical/symmetrical for /o/ to merge with /U/ > /u/, in line with /e,I/ >
/i/-- but I'm sure you could come up with reasons why not.
Bigger problem with *fiuvUljO--
Stage 1: iu > ij, so ** fijvUljO OK
and l > w, so **fijvUwjO this is the problem I think
Stage 2: j > l, so **filvUwlO another problem
and Uw > w, so **filvwlO
so you have no environment left for the final syllable in Stage 3, (C)j(V) >
Unless I've overlooked something.............?