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GROUPLANG: affix morphology

From:Pablo Flores <fflores@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 14, 1998, 22:37
Nik Taylor wrote:
> >My point was that you *wouldn't* have kjak- as a root, because that's an >impermissible syllable-structure, so that you'd never have that >problem. The root could only be kjakh- to begin with, or perhaps >kjaka-, but in any case, kjak- couldn't be a root. I think that roots >should have to be able to stand on their own. >
I disagree on both. I don't think a root should have to comply with the syllable structure. I see a root as something that has an ideal existence, outside the phonetic realization of the language; it only may be modified by its rules. This is also why I don't think a root should have to be able to stand on its own -- in this case we should speak of a root plus a null inflection. I'd rather have the syllable structure rules relaxed a bit to allow a stop as the last sound of a *word*, so the root could stand alone. --Pablo Flores