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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?
[C][C]V[:][C][C] Examples of Tirelat words: CV gi, ke, ve CV: dłyy, kii CVC dev, mik VCC elg 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 syllables.
> Q5: Motivation / reasoning / goals behind this?
None in particular; it's just the way it turned out.