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Re: Zireen language typology; introducing "Zircon"

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Thursday, July 17, 2003, 2:09
On Wed, 16 Jul 2003 12:21:35 -0400, Paul Roser <pkroser@...> wrote:

>Can you give the phoneme inventory yet, or is that still in the works? I've >noticed some interesting features in a few of the Kolagian languages, such >as the alternation between /r/ (a tap) and /K/ (a voiceless lateral >fricative) in Jirit (which I realize is Mizarian and not one of the Zireen >languages).
Consonants Vowels p t k i u v D s z s` z` j\ x m n N E K l A No interesting alternations, but it's derived from a still undocumented Zireen language that underwent a historical change /c/ -> /s/ (which explains the absence of /c/). The ancestors of that language could have had a more symmetrical system with voiceless stops /p/ /t/ /t`/ /c/ /k/ and voiced fricatives /v/ /D/ /z/ /z`/ /j\/ /G/. It's possible that /t`/ ended up as /s`/ (by way of /t`s`/), but I really don't know yet where that /s`/ (romanized "hr") came from. It's possible that both /K/ and /s`/ descend from clusters ("hl", "hr") in an older form of the language. The 4-vowel system is probably as typical of Zireen languages as 3-vowel and 5-vowel systems in human languages. This is the same set of vowels as in Simik (Zirinka) and Hinate~ (with the addition of 4 nasal vowels in the case of Hinate~). Ishiriká has the same four vowels plus /@/. So far I don't know of any Zireen languages with 3-vowel /a/ /i/ /u/ or 5-vowel /a/ /e/ /i/ /o/ /u/ inventories. -- languages of Azir------> ---<>--- hmiller (Herman Miller) "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any email password: thing till they were sure it would offend no body, \ "Subject: teamouse" / there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin