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Quantity shift (was: Re: Native grammatical terms)

From:Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>
Date:Thursday, November 20, 2003, 5:38
At 02:03 PM 11/19/03 +0100, you wrote:
>At 03:02 19.11.2003, John Cowan wrote: > >>Well, it's not unknown for sound changes to be perfectly "smooth", >>as in Old Norse > Icelandic. > >Not really. A lot of ON assonances don't make sense >any more, and the quantity shift has messed up the rythm >quite often -- there are no actual short syllables >anymore.
How does something like this work? The practical problem I have is probably more the reverse. I think that I am am starting with a proto-language with both short and long vowels, and I want to entirely get rid of the length distinction by the time I get down to the modern language, leaving the language with only short vowels (or maybe only long ones if it doesn't matter.) There is a weight distinction in syllables in the modern language, with syllables containing a coda being heavy for purposes of moving the stress around. (This is not the same language as the thread started out on, BTW. This one is Trehelo.) Isidora


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Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>