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Nur-ellen mutations (was: Re: Animacy in active languages)

From:daniel andreasson <daniel.andreasson@...>
Date:Monday, August 21, 2000, 12:29
Jörg Rhiemeier skrev:

> well-known-to-be-inanimate noun (such as **_tring_ as an agentive of > _dring_ "hammer" - if there really was such an animate noun, its > objective would indeed be _dring_) in order to force it into an agentive > slot. Some of these "poetic agentives" might be irregular or even > suppletive.
This just made me come up with a question on Nur-ellen mutations. Are there mutations for every phoneme that a noun may begin with? And if so, does it sometimes produce a result that is the same as a non-mutated noun begins with? Examples: i) _r_ mutates to _r_, i.e. not at all. ii) Agentive _caur_ -> objective _gaur_ which in turn is also an agentive form _gaur_ of a completely different word, which in turn mutates to - i don't know - _ghaur_? Are there such cases? Or perhaps agentive forms always start with a voiceless phoneme and objective always with a voiced? And in that case, what happens with words beginning with vowels? Daniel