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Tonogenesis in Future-Rokbeigalmki

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Thursday, September 21, 2000, 3:02

This is an idea that popped into my head a while ago, when i was
contemplating what Rokbeigalmki would look like in a future period of
time from the time at which it is currently set.

The idea was that the "accent-lengthened" vowels in names, certain words,
and construct-case compounds would develop a *rising* tone, while the
"tilde-lengthened" vowels found in the language would develop *falling*

(disregarding any other sound changes)

ÍLUKÁ ("just like") /i:luka:/ would become [/i:lu/ka:], where the [/]
represents a rising tone on the following symbol.

ÎLUÂMAL-A ("the entire land", lit. "(the) all of (the) land") /ilu:ama:l/
would become [i/lu:a/ma:l].

The length of the vowel doesn't change because the pitch-shift takes

KHEZÃ ("gaze") /xEza::/ becomes [xE\za:] {"khezà"?}, with the [\]
representing a falling tone.

The vowel length in tilde-lengthened vowels would shorten once the
falling tone takes over the phonemic burden of distinction.

Any comments?  questions?  etc.?

-Stephen (Steg)
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