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Re: CHAT: Another NatLang i like

From:Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...>
Date:Friday, June 25, 1999, 18:05
On Fri, 25 Jun 1999, Sally Caves 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"? > > Sally >
Well, I usually work out the sounds for a new word from taking the sounds of a few other, semantically related, words, That helps getting reasonable allofams - but when I do that for a vowel harmony language, as soon as I've assembled - discovered - uncovered - subconciously arranged (whatever - I don't think I've the right word for that, it holds the middle ground between intuition, imagination of artifice, a nice triangle), it turns out to have the wrong kind of vowels all jumped together. What exacerbates the situation is that I really like disyllabic roots. Johns analysis was absolutely correct! Boudewijn Rempt |