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Re: THEORY: Evolution of infixes/ablaut?

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 29, 2000, 19:36
On Wed, 15 Mar 2000, Eric Christopherson wrote:

> The point of this is that I'd like to use infixes and/or vowel alternation > in a conlang, but I'd like to be able to demonstrate that they evolved > (intra-conlang) somehow from an earlier form without internal alternation.
Hatasoe uses infixes, but I don't know *how* the evolved. English only has one infix -- namely, -fucking-, as in "absolfuckinglutely." It's evidently an intensifier. (Note: I've actually seen this in a linguistics textbook, so don't go getting offended on me :) ) I *do* know how some vowel alterations arose. In some words, a suffix causes an anticipatory change in a previoius vowel. So, say, in the language Gluk (which I just made up on the spot, ain't I clever): protogluk oldgluk gluk stik stik stik stikum stykum styk blat blat blat blati bleti blet --------------------------------------------------------------------- Living your life is a task so difficult, it has never been attempted before.