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VCV syllables? (was: Different Words with Large Common Substrings)

From:Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>
Date:Thursday, November 6, 2008, 18:17
On Mon, 13 Oct 2008 16:07:39 -0700, Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
>wrote: >[snip] >Allowing VCV syllables would require some other marker be used such as a >glottal stop, or an otherwise unused consonant (say 'h') in cases where > CV + VCV -> CV'VCV or CVhVCV. >(ku + ano -> ku'ano or kuhano to distinguish it from ku + no -> kuano). >[snip] >But again, VCV syllables are problematic: CV + VCV -> CVCVCV which is >ambiguous unless one particular consonant is reserved only for use as a join >marker, say "h": >monu + ara + ka -> monuharaska = CVCVhVCVCCV >where "CC" and "h" are join markers. (or monu'araska) >[snip] >The same marker could be used to join other CVC or VCV syllables such as: >par + ti -> pari'iti >tasam + moto -> tasami'imoto >tom + aba -> tomi'iaba > >--gary
I've had a question for a while now and have just gotten around to asking it; What's a VCV syllable? I'm accustomed to think of a syllable as beginning at a sonority trough, running through a sonority peak, and going on until the next sonority trough. I'm also accustomed to thinking that all vowels are more sonorous than any consonants. So VCV looks like peak-trough-peak to me, and should have a syllable boundary just before the C (or maybe just after, though in my conlangs it would be just before). In other words I don't see how VCV could be tautosyllabic. So, what do you mean by "VCV syllables"?


Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>