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Re: DECAL: Examples #2: Phonotactics

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 18, 2005, 21:39
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:

> I also decided at an early stage to have vowel > harmony, but disliked ordinary bland palatal > harmony, so I came up with height harmony. It > turns out Old and Middle Korean has something similar.
This morning I found nice example of vowel harmony in Koryak - a Chukchi-Kamchadal language. It looks like height harmony too. Koryak has two series of vowels: strong - /i/, /E/, /u/ and weak - /e/, /a/, /o/ correspondently. /@/ is indifferent to v.h., and */E/ and */e/ collapsed in one realization. I think I'll do the same in my nearest project. Or totally base it on those obscure langs. Sometimes vowels are changed according to harmony rules in affixes, but sometimes roots (!) have two forms depending on the vowel in suffix: _miml@n_ 'water.ABS' : _memle_ 'water.ERG' That's too evil for me! -- Yitzik