Re: Question about vowel harmono
|From:||Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 3, 2001, 20:01|
> So . . .
> i.y u
> e.oe o
> ae a
> That doesn't seem very balanced to me.
It would more be like this:
front: y oe ae
neutral: i e
back: u o a
which is basically what Finnish has; Hungarian doesn't have the /ae/, and
Turkish adds dotless-i to show /W/(?) the back counterpart to /i/
> Are there any other languages that use vowel harmony? What about a
> close/open distinction instead of a front/back, so
> i, u, y would be close
> o, a, and e would be open
Interesting, tho I've never heard of any langs like this, tho that doesnt
mean they dont exist...
> I'm not sure I understand why there have to be correspondances between one
> set of vowels and the other.
Nor do I, and my native language has vowel harmony. I think basically its
> If I have the word "isilyth" then the plural affix can be -il, but for
> "amon" it would have to be -al. That seems reasonable to me. (Or maybe
> -el -- it's more or less an aesthetic decision, seems to me; am I wrong?)
With the systems I'm familiar with, /-il/ (or even /-ael/) would go with
front vowels and /-al/ with back vowels; /-el/ being neutral could go with
either. Oftentimes the /-al/ /-ael/ suffix would have one meaning, /-el/
Ferenc Gy. Valoczy
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