Re: Question about vowel harmono
|From:||Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 3, 2001, 22:55|
On Thu, 3 May 2001, Henrik Theiling wrote:
> Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...> writes:
> > Is this a reasonable vowel system for a language with vowel harmony?
> > Front vowels
> > /i/
> > /e/
> > /y/ (rounded /i/)
> > Back vowels
> > /a/
> > /o/
> > /u/
> Do you have clues about what harmony rules you'll have? If you put
> your vowels into the normal chart, the /y/ seems to be non-matching,
> and the /a/ seems to be likely to not influence the harmony rules, but
> without any rules, it's really hard to tell.
I could do without /y/.
I was thinking words would be either front or back, and the affixes would
depend upon which they are.
> FRONT CENTER BACK
> CLOSE i/y u
> MID-CLOSE e o
> OPEN a?
> Looking at Finnish:
> i/y u
> e/ö o
> ä a
> This also does not look too symmetric, but when knowing that i and e
> do not (usually) participate, it becomes more symmetric:
> y u
> ö o
> ä a
> The rule is that either front vowels or back vowels like to cluster.
> Saksa + ssa/ssä -> Saksassa
> Venäjä + ssa/ssä -> Venäjässä
> To be complete: i/e select frontness if no other vowel interferes:
> Sveitsi + ssa/ssä -> Sveitsissä
> IIRC, Turkish is more regular with two main harmony rules (one for
> roundedness, one for front-/backness) and eight vowels.
> But however, with your system, you could experiment with something
> - frontness/backness likes to cluster
> - y is skipped but/or makes the defaults to frontness
> - a is ignored completely
> i + u -> ii or maybe iy
> e + u -> ei or maybe ey
> e + o -> ee
> o + e -> oo
> i + a -> ia
> o + a -> oa
> a + a -> aa
> a + i -> ai
> a + o -> ao
> Not that I find this totally logical, but it seems to be feasible.
Logic takes a back seat, as does plausability, to aesthetics here. I want
to make this both the high tongue of a novel I'm toying with, as well as a
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