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Seinundjei Script (is actually about allophony now)

From:Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 8:01
John Vertical wrote:

> I read your previous explanation on how the harmony works, but I'm > still not sure if I follow. Is harmony marked on consonants or vowels? > Or both? In other words - taking a word like "tithina": would all the > consonant and vowel markers be alveolar, or would it be possible to > show etymology by using a, say, palatal fricative sign + the dental > form of i? > > John Vertical
Hm. Okay, I think this is a way to put it: The consonant glyphs show -citation forms.- If he felt the need to be extremely pedantic and clear, then a speaker might suppress harmony and pronounce those consonants. This is basically analogous to English speakers saying [w_0Vt] for 'what'. The vowel matras show what harmony quality is going on in the consonant they are attached to. For historical reasons there shouldn't be a word with the citation form |t'ith'in'a| (where 'V = palatal vowel marker) (hm, except perhaps in forms I have not discovered yet, where the second part of a compound or idiom breaks off and retains its harmony quality) or |cithinha| (this would be a misspelling anyway; dental/alveolar status does not spread), but in a running text you will see things like the following: tithin /tiTin/ bech t'ith'in /beS tSiTiJ/ nénj t,ith,in /ne:n` t`iTin`/ (this is starting to make for a nice way of narrowly transcribing sein' script) where the |tXthXn| (for whatever reason |tithina| didn't sound like good Sein' to me:) sequence represents the same word, varying allophonically. Did that make sense, or am I staying up too late? -- Yetyem Lédh once stole the sword of Rakaui. It did not go well for him. It was hardly a century, or what passed for one in the time before the gods had won their Names, before the sword in its indignation sliced off his hand. Shreyas Sampat


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
John Vertical <johnvertical@...>