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Re: Euphonic phonology (Was: 'Nor' in the World's Languages)

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 22:28
>>caeruleancentaur wrote:
>> 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 >consonants.
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 corresponding fricative: _âß-os_, axis + _têres_, star, = _aztêres_, pole star. (ß = /dz/) Charlie