Re: Three vowel systems (was: Brr)
|From:||Benct Philip Jonsson <conlang@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, August 2, 2007, 9:04|
Mark J. Reed skrev:
> On 8/1/07, Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...> wrote:
>> I'm not sure why that would be the case. The ancestral
>> language to most of the langs I've been working with over
>> the past few years has a 9-vowel system, plus length,
>> making it 18.
> Wow. And they say that even 10-vowel systems (including
> length) are unstable. :)
Standard Swedish has 9 vowels, possibly plus length,
although the jury is chronically out on whether vowel
length is phonemic or a function of stress and syllable
structure/morphotactics. Many Swedish dialects add three
more vowels to that system:
: i y (u\) u
: e 2 8 o
: E (3\)
: (a) Q/A
Items in parentheses are the extra 'dialectal' vowels.
Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch atte melroch dotte se
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