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Re: a "natural language" ?

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 1, 2004, 19:56

On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 16:28:34 -0500,
Matt Arriola <azathoth500@...> wrote:

> Can you give me an example of sound changes causing irregularities? I'm > working on a couple conlangs myself. It'd help make it look more realistic.
For example, in Proto-Albic, a third-person agent was marked on the verb by the simple suffix *-sa (*-su in dual, *-si in plural). Now, in Old Albic, the clusters *ps, *ts, *cs have undergone metathesis, resulting in sp, st, sc respectively; and intervocalic *s has become r. So there are forms like _obosca_ < *obocsa `he fled' and _bocara_ < *bocasa `he is fleeing'. Hope this helps. Greetings, Jörg.