|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 15, 2004, 12:26|
I figured out something I'd been wondering about this morning. Consider an
isolating language with a CV syllable structure and a typical root length
of three syllables. Over time the following changes happen.
Derivation and inflection by V and CV prefixes and CV suffixes.
Infixation of additional vowels to give CV2V1 as a
Derivation/inflection by motion of stress, subject to the following conditions-
1) Primary stress lies on a root syllable.
2) The first syllable always receives at least secondary stress.
3) A suffix is never stressed.
Original vowels merge with or are displaced by infixed vowels.
Loss of (some) unstressed vowels.
And there you have it - a plausible explanation for the origin of the