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Re: Hiatus within words

From:Rik Roots <rikroots@...>
Date:Saturday, November 4, 2000, 0:31
> On Mon, 30 Oct 2000, LeoMoser( wrote: > > > It's been brought to my attention that some > > languages, e.g., Turkish, have no "hiatus." Thus > > one Turkish vowel cannot be directly followed > > by another vowel inside a word without an > > inserted consonant or glide of some kind. > > Thank you for bringing this up! I was contemplating this glide-insertion > in dialects of Chevraqis but didn't realize it (or its lack) had a name. > > I didn't realize that Turkish did this--but then, I was looking at > _Elementary Turkish_, which doesn't come with any sort of tape. I will > have to remember this. > > YHL >
Gevey insists on inserting "weak" consonants (h, w, or y) between words where the first ends in a vowel and the second starts with a vowel. However, I rely on accents over the second word's vowel to denote which sound is to be inserted, rather than physically spell out the sound in the word (I think I nicked this idea from Greek). Interestingly, because of the way Gevey forms direct object nouns, I have had to come up with a system of inserting vowels within consonant clusters which, while being pronouncable in the middle of a word, actually become unpronouncable when they are exposed at the end of the word. Examples follow: subject direct object --------- ---------- pledrhe ye pledehrh (thumb) zouwye ye zouweey (arm) dhapthuu yuu dhapeth (feather) roecnuu yuu roecan (ink) ma'huu yuu mat (water) (there is a set of seven "simple to use" rules which decide whether a vowel needs to be inserted, and what vowel should be inserted where. The system means that Gevey is not the easiest language to come to grips with, but hey! its not an auxlang I'm building here...) Is there a name for such recklessness in a language? Rik -- The Gevey Language Resource.