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Changes in Uatakassi

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2001, 2:58
Irina Rempt-Drijfhout wrote:
> What happened to make acutes obsolete? I rather liked them.
Well, the deciding factor in my reform was that I kept forgetting where the acute went on alot of words. :-) But anyways, for quite a while, I've been aware of a default "second syllable of root" stress rule. There were a number of words that violated it, but the majority, around 80% or so I'd guesstimate, followed that rule. I had been considering using acutes only when that rule was violated. I'd also been experimenting with a dialect that had made that a rigid rule. I finally decided that I liked the way it sounded, but that decision made acutes obsolete. The rule now is that the second syllable of the root is stressed. One syllable roots have a little complication. If they are followed by a syllabic suffix, that suffix is stressed. Otherwise, a partial reduplicant must be prefixed, the form of it being CV-; CL and C-glide onsets take the first consonant. For example, take the adjective _d'ia_ "bad" in, say, gender 2, using caps to show the stressed syllable Absolutive: tidaD'IA = ti-da-d'ia = G2-PartRed-bad Benefactive: tidi'aNA = ti-d'ia-na = G2-bad-Ben In instances of incorporation, the incorporated word is counted as a gramatical prefix, and is ignored in figuring stress. -- "No just cause can be advanced by terror" ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42