An Inflectional Puzzle
|From:||Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, August 8, 2007, 20:06|
Here's a puzzle for anyone who's interested:
Below I'm going to show you some nouns in this particular conlang.
These nouns are all in their base, dictionary form (which happens to be
agent singular). I'll give you the inflected form of each noun
(inflected to be in the patient singular form).
All of the inflection/derivation in this language is entirely regular.
The inflected form is predictable from the base form, and the base form
is predictable from the inflected form.
Examples (agent sg., then patient sg.)
maruwi > tarudi
kiru > firu
antiki > antifi
yunta > zunta
talzu > manku
nantuva > nantuga
piti > pimi
sazhinu > ngazhinu
miruzhi > tiruzhi
shizu > shiyu
tazha > mazha
murta > tumpa
kinga > fisa
ankari > alzari
All syllables are phonemically CV in structure. Clusters such as "nt"
or "lz" are a single phoneme that take an epenthetic "a" before them
when word initial.
Can you predict what the patient sg. forms of these words would be?
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