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Re: CHAT: Another NatLang i like

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, June 25, 1999, 6:07
At 13:34 24/06/99 +0200, you wrote:
>On Thu, 24 Jun 1999, Barry Garcia wrote: > >> I recently aquired an MP3 of a Turkish pop song (called "araba" - car), >> and i've discovered that turkish is a very pretty language when sung. Its >> so full of soft sounds. Anyways, carry on =). >> > >We have a large Turkish minority, and in our neighbourhood they >are very close to being the majority, so we hear Turkish all round. >Children loudly shouting 'Anne', chatting at shops and around the >school... Our children come home telling each other to 'topla', >'clean up'. Even when we're unable to take a holiday, it gives a >sense of being in foreign parts, and yes, Turkish sounds very good, >although some people complain that it is monotonous because of >the vowel harmony. > >Ob conlangs: I've once tried to make a conlang with vowel harmony, >but it failed quite quickly because I couldn't prevent wrong >words from entering the lexicon... >
One of the feature of Tj'a-ts'a~n is a strong vowel _and_ consonnant harmony. Vowel harmony is simple: front unrounded vs. back rounded. Consonnant harmony is rather difficult, with three ranks (unvoiced, voiced, voiced nasalised) and I won't explain it further (unless you want me to). Another interesting feature of this harmony: it's the affixes that change according to the root. The root is generally a single syllable. But when the root is polysyllabic (generally two syllables), the two syllables don't need to be harmonic, and the prefixes will harmonize with the first syllable, and the suffixes with the last one.
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