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Re: Grammatical metathesis

From:Mike Ellis <nihilsum@...>
Date:Sunday, August 8, 2004, 21:59
Trebor Jung wrote:

>I know some conlangs like Mark Rosenfelder's Kebreni use grammatical >metathesis. Do any natlangs?
Someone here mentioned Rotuman a while ago. They switch the last two sounds of a word to show definite/indefinite. from : " In 1977, one of us, Cairns, published an article about Rotuman phonology, analyzing the differences between two forms of words. As explained on the Rotuman web site, most words in Rotuman have both a complete and an incomplete form. So, for example, the word for flower, 'hosa' appears in the complete form (hosa) when the speaker means "the flowers", and in the incomplete form, hoas, when the speaker means a more indefinite "flowers." " M


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>