Re: DECAL: Examples #2: Phonotactics
|From:||Herman Miller <hmiller@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, January 15, 2005, 3:29|
Sai Emrys wrote:
> Same deal as last time.
> Q1: What are your allowable syllable structures?
Examples of Tirelat words:
CV gi, ke, ve
CV: dłyy, kii
CVC dev, mik
CV:C ġyyv, room
CVCC łuxk, zəŕt
CCVC grak, xtež
> Q2: Onset clusters?
A single consonant or consonant + /l/, /ĭ/, /ŭ/, although initial tl-,
dl- are actually lateral affricates /tł/, /dł/, and not all combinations
occur. Note that /N/ can be an initial consonant, but no Tirelat word
has initial /Nl-/. Some consonants (such as m, f, g) also combine with
/r/ in initial clusters. Also, certain combinations of a voiceless
fricative + stop are found (ft, xt, etc.) Other initial clusters may
occur, but are broken up by an epenthetic schwa as in the word "gzak"
(sentence), pronounced [g@zak].
> Q3: Codas?
A single consonant or certain combinations of two consonants.
> Q4: Any changes depending on place in word, etc.?
No more than two consonants are allowed in a cluster, so a combination
like *łuxk.grak would be broken up by inserting a vowel between the
> Q5: Motivation / reasoning / goals behind this?
None in particular; it's just the way it turned out.