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Re: Thalassan Possessive Suffixes

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 18:17
On Tue, 14 Feb 2006 17:00:53 +0100, Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote:

>This is a pielang, isn't it?
Not quite. It's designed as a "cousin" language to PIE itself (and also Uralic, among others) via the Nostratic hypothesis.
>Anyway, I like the suffixes.
Thanks! :)
>I do wonder, tho, whether the sound-changes in the pl forms are regular - >the loss of the second-to-last vowel seems a tad odd.
You could be right. I wanted all of the endings to be monosyllabic, since most words in Thalassan are at least disyllabic. Also, I assume a shift in prosody during the (pre)history of the language, from stress-timed to syllable-timed. Early on, the /i/ of *-mitas and *-thitas became devoiced, presumably due to stress-timed prosody and the enclisis itself. It was easy to simply elide the vowel entirely, then. - Rob