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Vowel height harmony (fuit Takiyyudin phonology)

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpjonsson@...>
Date:Thursday, July 13, 2006, 9:03
Tristan Alexander McLeay skrev:

> Hm, what is the basis for this harmony? I've only heard of backness > harmony, rounding harmony, tongue root (ATR) harmony, and nasal > harmony. This seems to be none of them. > > (*My* question is, are their any languages with vowel height harmony?)
Middle Korean had vowel height harmony. I adopted vowel height harmony in my conlang Sohlob before knowing of the Middle Korean vowel height harmony though, the Sohlob vowel series being high /i i\ u/ vs. low /& a Q/. I often thought that this ought to affect the consonants somehow, e.g. stops in high words but fricatives/continuants in low words. At the very least there ought to be [k g x G] in high words but [q G\ X R] in low words, since I have found that I can produce coronal and palatal stops and fricatives alike both with a slack and with a closed jaw, but velars tend to become uvulars with a slack jaw. Fortunately this would not wreak havoc with the historic and synchronic consonant phonology as the stop vs. fricative harmony would. In fact it would be entirely subphonemic, but I can always come up with some historical sound change that is sensitive to this. -- /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se "Maybe" is a strange word. When mum or dad says it it means "yes", but when my big brothers say it it means "no"! (Philip Jonsson jr, age 7) -- /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se a shprakh iz a dialekt mit an armey un flot (Max Weinreich)