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Re: open/closed syllables

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Saturday, March 10, 2001, 19:33
On Fri, 9 Mar 2001, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Patrick Dunn wrote: > > I've already decided that we wouldn't have hands, we'd have honds, and I > > wouldn't be a man, I'd be a mon. But figuring out the vowel changes > > without the Shift, or with a very different Shift, is a litle beyond me > > right now. > > Hey, mon! ;-) > > So, would this conlang keep more of the strong verbs and the old nominal > inflections? Also, why wouldn't there be a Shift? Is that just to make > it more distinct?
I can see the dative inflections surviving, which would make accusative/nominative, genitive, dative. There probably would be a shift, but a different one, I suspect. As far as strong/weak verbs, I suspect pretty much the same proportions. Old English was already making past tense verbs with the dental suffix. I suspect the way to go would be to look at the sound changes in other Germanic languages between, say, 500 and 1000. --Pat --------------------------------------------------------------------- Living your life is a task so difficult, it has never been attempted before.