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Re: New Hadwoid lang

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Thursday, August 2, 2001, 21:27
From: "dirk elzinga" <dirk.elzinga@...>
> Okay; this makes sense now. Except for this: > > > ** [e:] should actually not under normal circumstances appear as a
> > in native words. What's more, the sound spelled by this letter might
> > always been [i:] and never pronounced as [e:] at all (in which case I
> > throw out the e: > e rule). I'll have to look into it. > > When I trace the changes you mention, you have a merger of long > non-low front vowels ([i:, e:]) to [i:]. But later in the > changes to the stressed set, you still have [e:]. Did it change > to [i:] or not?
Original /e:/ changed to [i:], yes. [e:] would be an allophone of /e/ in stressed open syllables (after the [e:]
> [i:] change and the dephonemicization of length). I am not, however,
entirely sure that any such /e/ would exist without a stress change somewhere. (There are a couple of minor rules that create /e/. There would also, I'm sure, be suitable /e/ in borrowings.) [I sometimes tend to have more rules than I need, given that I usually make sound changes before I have much vocabulary to build them on. And accidents do happen... Hmmk.] *Muke!