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Betreft: Consonant Harmony?

From:Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 7:55
>>> nicole perrin <nicole.eap@...> 02/16 2:49 >>>
I was toying with the idea of vowel harmony in a new lang, but I never really liked it as a trait, so I got curious. Are there any natlangs that use "consonant harmony?" For example, in a particular word, all the consonants must be voiced? Or labial? Or fricatives? I don't know which distinction I would choose (voicing, POA, quality, etc.), but do natlangs do this at all? ----> I know of Guaraní that consonants may get nasal, depending on the vowel that has stress. If the stressed vowel is nasal, all preceding consonants get nasal too. In my lang Gbwia all consonants in a word get ejective (or implosive in case of voiced consonants) if the word is in the oblique case. I think you can choose anything you like (POA, voicing) or even a combination? Or something like: if there is a bilabial in a word, all consonants get labialized. Sounds fun, consonant harmony! Rob