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Double-segmentation (Was: brz, or Plan B revisited)

From:Patrick Littell <puchitao@...>
Date:Friday, September 23, 2005, 22:11
On 9/22/05, Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:

> > There are many ways to achieve self-segregation. Jeff's solution > is elegant and original, but far from the only one. A simple > self-segregation system I once came up with has morphemes of the > following structures: > > C > CVC > CVCVC > CVCVCVC > > etc., i.e. alternating consonants and vowels beginning and ending > with a consonant. In this system, all morpheme boundaries are > marked by consonant clusters, and every consonant cluster marks > a morpheme boundary. For example, _blaraktalmin_ can only be > segmented as b-larak-tal-min. If every word has to begin with > two consonants in a row (i.e., with a C morpheme), word-level > self-segregation is also achieved.
Quite clever! Self-segmentation is pretty easy, but a good method of double-segmentation (morpheme and word) like this takes some thought. This would also require, of course, that C morphemes could only occur word-initially and word-finally. Internal C morphemes would lead to word-level ambiguity. I would picture some grammatical category like person or number that could occur on nouns, verbs, etc., marked obligatorily with a C morpheme prefix. (Or as a suffix, of course.) Say, person is marked on nouns for either the inherent person features of a noun or those of its possessor, and on verbs for the subject. (Object could be marked, too, 'cuz there's space for one more C morpheme word-finally.) Nothing particularly unnatural about this. Also possible, although weird, is a requirement that the C morpheme must be the 2nd morpheme in the word, or second-to-last, or etc. -------------- A couple other methods of naturalistically self-segmenting these on the word level: 1) The final consonant of a morpheme must be a stop, and word-internal sandhi rules cause them to fricativize: kotuk-qap-t-mit => kotuhqafsmit 2) The final consonant of a morpheme must not be a stop, and all words undergo a word-final stop mutation. kotun-qam-s-min => kotunqamsmit And, of course, the many variations of these using different consonant series, word- and morpheme-initial mutations rather than final ones, etc. Any more ideas? -- Patrick Littell PHIL101: W 6:00-8:50 Voice Mail: ext 744 Fall 05 Office Hours: W 5:00-6:00, by appointment


Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>