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Re: CHAT: Another NatLang i like

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Saturday, June 26, 1999, 1:45
On Fri, 25 Jun 1999 11:07:53 -0400, John Cowan <cowan@...>

>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"? > >I take it to mean that vowel harmony is not internalized, and therefore, >when making up words, Nick and Boudewijn find themselves introducing >polysyllabic vocabulary items which violate the announced vowel-harmony >rules. (I have similar problems with the restrictive Piat phonology.) >International vocab also plays hell with vowel harmony, >as most of it comes from un-harmonizing languages.
That was one of the main reasons (aside from time) that I ultimately abandoned Hlererhoi: its phonology was too restrictive to allow for easy borrowing from Jarrda, and it was too easy to make "mistakes" by creating roots that violate the phonology. Tirelat is much friendlier to Jarrda borrowings, especially in its newly revised state. (I'm working on a description of Tirelat for my web page, but it isn't ready yet.) -- languages of Kolagia---> = +---<>--- Thryomanes /"If all Printers were determin'd not to print = any (Herman Miller) / thing till they were sure it would offend no = body, moc.oi @ rellimh <-/ there would be very little printed." -Ben = Franklin