Re: Ubykh suspicions (was brz reloaded!)
|From:||Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 28, 2005, 13:40|
Paul Bennett wrote:
> Well, that's just it. How do you tell those two patterns apart?
> To me, /1/ + /C/ > /iC/ is isomorphic with /i/ + /k/ > /iC/ (absent
> any other data), and that's the crux of the biscuit for Ubykh: only
> certain vowel and consonant combinations (I think it's CV rather than
> VC) are allowed. I lack an understanding of how it can be proven one
> way or the other.
You need more data, that's how. Suppose you have some forms,
And you know that these decompose to merV-C, morphologically. Either
there are two merV forms and the C is varying phonologically, or vice
versa. Suppose that you are certain C is a number marker... now you have
MEREG means something like "one tapestry", and MERIK is the same stem
but with a different number, like, "excess tapestries." Thus, you have
consonant triggering a vowel alternation.
Or, MEREK and MERIK have the same number, but, like, one means "moon"
and the other "tapestry." Thus, you have vowels triggering consonant
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