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Re: Keeping Track of Ambiguity in your Conlang?

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Saturday, August 31, 2002, 3:41
Amanda Babcock wrote:

>Has anybody come up with a way of tracking accidental homonymy (due to >inflections or compounding) in their conlang, short of devising an >unambiguous scheme for its morphology? >
A certain amount of ambiguity can arise in Kash causative verbs, due to morphophonemic processes. The caus. prefix is /ruñ-/--- base-initial t, n, l and r all end up as /rund-/ base-initial p and m both end up /rumb-/ etc. So far it hasn't caused any insurmountable problems...... A few 3 syl. forms ending in -mi (homonymous with the 1st.sing. poss. suffix) have back formed bases (due to childrens' speech)-- compound sucami (su- 'water' cami 'sweet') 'soda pop' now usually suca. kusimi 'a small cat-like animal that can become friendly, esp. towards children' > popularly kusi