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Re: Self-segregating Semitic Morphology

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 15:33
On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 12:13 PM, Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...> wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 9:01 AM, Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...> wrote:
>> That limits your options on root vowel patterns; you couldn't have >> vowels before the first root consonant, unless they were part >> of a prefix. You could have e.g.
> Mm... I'm not seeing why.
I was thinking that, with some vowel patterns beginning with vowels before the first root consonant, and some ending with vowels after the last root consonant, but neither of those being ubiquitous (as in your tentative scheme outlined later on, or in Larry's Ilomi), then there would sometimes be ambiguity about whether a vowel belongs to the previous word or the next. You could patch that by allowing only a certain subset of vowels before the first root consonant, and another subset after the last root consonant. There are probably other ways to get around it, too. For instance, you might use tone, stress, nasalization, or lengthening on the first (or last) vowel of a word to distinguish it from the non-first (or nonfinal) vowels. -- Jim Henry Conlang fluency survey -- there's still time to participate before I analyze the results and write the article


Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...>