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Re: CHAT: Another NatLang i like

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Saturday, June 26, 1999, 1:25
Sally Caves <scaves@...> wrote:
> > What do either of you mean, exactly, about wrong words getting into > the lexicon? I'm curious. I know that vowel harmony in Turkish > requires > that vowels in a previous syllable match the following syllable, or > something like that, but how would that situation (more than any other > morphology) affect your problem with "wrong words"? >
I like to create words with no constraints. I decide on a loose pattern for a language (I somehow know what it must sound) and then I create words. But vowel harmony is not a natural process for me; I have to consciously avoid disharmonic <sp?> vowels, and sometimes I forget and then I have to correct. And maybe I don't want to :). I mean, suppose you have vowel harmony with front-back distinction. Let's say I want to create a word. A word that passes my mind right NOW: _lelu_. Nice word. But it can't exist in my language because /e/ is front and /u/ is back! After several "disappointments" like those, vowel harmony usually ends in my dustbin. This is not a good thing, of course. If I want to form words with shapes that seem natural to me, I may tend to unconsciously copy natlangs I know... --Pablo Flores