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

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Sunday, August 20, 2006, 19:53
On 8/19/06, Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...> wrote:
> See, here's my difficulty with ablaut -- this will mirror your own > comments. In all of the cases I'm aware of, ablaut is synchronically > arbitrary. There are examples where it makes sense historically, but > none that I know of where it is a principled synchronic alternation > (though I'd be happy to be corrected).
Not sure whether this counts, but - the diminutive suffix -chen causes ablaut in the preceding syllable (if that means what I think it means). So that's something that's synchronically principled. (Except when it isn't; the most famous example being "Frauchen" = "mistress/owner (of a dog)", instead of the expected *"Fräuchen". This giving the near-minimal pair "fauchen/Frauchen" for [ç] vs [x].) Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>


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