4 phonemes, was: Another phonological extreme
|From:||Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, July 22, 2000, 12:12|
There is'nt a limit for perfection... or is there?
However it be, I'm working on a 4-phoneme system.
It seemed surprisingly simple and easy at first.
Deep level -
C: k n
V: V1, V2 (probably _a_, _i_)
Syllable structure: (k/n)V(n)
Then various vowel combinations contract to produce combinations /wV/
and /jV/. Then the consonants and glides develop as follows:
The result is:
Surface level -
C: /p t k m n l v s/
V: probably /a i u @/
The vowel contraction scheme might be something like the following:
_in_ (+ C/#) /@/
_an_ (+ C/#) /u/
However, there is a problem with _nj_ and _nw_. I have to either
prohibit some surface vowels before /s/ and /v/ (which IMO has no
justification in terms of the surface system as such), or introduce
more complex rules about syllabification (like _Vn.jV_ not equal to
_V.njV_). I don't like the latter alternative either, since it
resembles introducing a deep-level glottal stop.
I still feel that some simple trick is possible that will solve
this problem... any suggestions?