Re: Euphonic phonology (Was: 'Nor' in the World's Languages)
|Date:||Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 22:28|
>> If there is a conflict with a final consonant & an initial
>> consonant, an epenthetic /E/ is inserted. E.g., *mus sââta, I
>> stand, becomes musë sââta.
>"H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...> wrote:
>Hmm. TF has rules of euphony, but none of them introduce epithentic
>vowels. TF's solution to "uneuphonic" clusters is to mutate the
I forgot to mention lenition.
The epenthetic /E/ is used between words only when the word-final
consonant would form an improper consonant cluster, i.e., either
1) a geminate cluster: -s to s- (as above) or
2) a cluster of more than two consonants.
In forming compounds, the epenthetic /E/ would be used in a
situation such as _âlµ-os_, tin, + _vââlos_, leaf, = _álµëvââlos_,
tinfoil, to avoid the 3-consonant cluster of _lµv_. (µ = /m_0/)
But if there are only two consonants involved in the compounding
then, if the word-final consonant is a stop, it is softened to the
_âß-os_, axis + _têres_, star, = _aztêres_, pole star. (ß = /dz/)