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
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?
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?