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Re: Introducing Mashish

From:Joseph Fatula <fatula3@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 3, 2002, 20:33
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From: "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...>
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Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: Introducing Mashish

> On Tue, Dec 03, 2002 at 06:54:32AM -0800, Heather Rice wrote: > [snip] > > syllable structure is almost excusively CV, and short > > vowels are not pronounced at the end of a word. If > > there is a short vowel ending a word, it causes that > > entire last syllable to not be pronounced. So > > "Kulok`u" is pronounced "Kulo", but "Kulok-" is > > considered to be the noun's root. > > Interesting. So the written word is different from the spoken word?
This could easily happen in a language where final syllables were dropped. For example, a word might once have been "carethon", now pronounced "careth", but the "on" is still important, as there are a number of inflected forms: "carethona", "carethontena", etc. that are now "carethon", "carethonten", and so on.