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Re: First thoughts on Prevli or Pervil

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Friday, September 9, 2005, 20:42
Jörg Rhiemeier/Ph.D wrote:

> Jörg Rhiemeier wrote: > > > > Roger Mills wrote: > > > > > > Personal pronouns: > > > 1st sg. kan ~gna > > > 2nd sg. mil ~bli > > > 3rd sg. --- or zok ~sko ("z" is probably /dz/, phonology not yet > > > totally > > > figured out...) > > > 1pl. kant ~kanta > > > 2pl. milt ~miltä > > > 3pl. zet ~zeta > > > > Which factor conditions these alternations? > > > Mr. Mills can speak for himself, but I took the first of each of these > to be the independent form and the second to be the clitic form. >
That's one possibility... Another is that the metathesized forms will be the oblique/case forms, depending on the phonological shape of the ending-- so to some extent it can be phonologically conditioned. It's still somewhat up in the air... all I can say for sure is that it's inspired by Leti & relatives, languages of Eastern Indonesia. I think verb forms will probably have 3 possible forms, e.g.-- semit - semti - esmit _perhaps_ for realis - irrealis - (something else)-- and even a possible 4th form, smiti. More research is needed. The metathesis (so far) will only affect /CVCVC/ (underlying CVCVCV ?)forms, not CVCV-- and the CVC numerals are invariant Incidentally, an error or typo: I think _2p+1s imlikna_ ought to be _imlignä_ perhaps [Im(b)liN:&] And as Jörg commented: "One can still see where these forms come from, though the image appears to be somewhat blurred by sound changes." Right.