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Three vowel systems (was: Brr)

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 16:37
>AFMOC Kijeb has a three vowel system without quantity >distinctions which (...) > >/BP 8^)>
(What's the "O" stand for? "Own"? Isn't that redundant?) I've gotten the impression that 3-vowel conprotolangs are popular for some reason. uwjge also derives from an ancestor with three vowels but expands to five over time; here tho, short /e o/ come from /i u/ via nasalization, disharmony in */ji wu/, and/or loering in the presence of pharyngeals over a few millenia. The long'uns are messy, and I won't go into details here... I also have one sketch with a 4-vowel system /i: o: E A/ which tries hard to look like it came from a 2-vowel system, but actually doesn't. -Natlang-wise, just about everything in Australia that's not English also have 3-vowel systems, sometimes with length. John Vertical


Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...>