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Re: Proposed Sound change

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Friday, November 10, 2000, 0:50
Danny Wier wrote:
> Though I will say, and this is my opinion -- if vowel A and vowel B tend > to migrate in one direction, vowel C probably will go the same way. So I > would imagine that more likely /u:/ would tend toward /i:/
Why? As it is, /u:/ and /u/ would merge into /u/ (which then split into /u/ and /o/ based on whether the syllable was open or closed). Thus: /i/ -> /i/, /e/ /i:/ -> /ji/ -> /ju/ -> /u/ /u/ -> /u/, /o/ /u:/ -> /u/, /o/ Other vowel changes: /ai/ -> /E/ /au/ -> /O/ /a:/ -> /a/ /a/ -> /E/, /O/ depending on previous consonant; in Classical Uatakassí, /a/ had a front allophone after dental, alveopalatal, and palatal consonants, and a back allophone elsewhere, thus [pA], [kA], but [ta], [tSa], short /a/ tended to be pronounced a bit higher. Or perhaps it should be the other way around? Short /a/ would remain /a/, and long /a/ would merge with /E/ and /O/? I'm thinking of Old English a: -> o:
> Or you could have a conlang with no rounded vowels, or do your conpeople > have lips...
Yeah, they have lips. -- Dievas dave dantis; Dievas duos duonos God gave teeth; God will give bread - Lithuanian proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor