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OT: Consonant Harmony and Sound changes (was: Semi-OT: Several Questions)

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Sunday, July 25, 2004, 16:42
Carsten Becker wrote:

> 2. Consonant Harmony > ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ > Someone suggested to google for Gunnar Ó. Hansson's recent dissertation > about this topic to get information about this phenomenom. I found his > site > at Chicago University where there is a table of contents. Heck, that > dissertation has 400+ pages! I thought it would be just some brief > information with examples, coming as a brochure! However, Hansson says > there, if you're interested in obtaining his 'book' as PDF, you should > send > him an email. I did so, because I wanted to know more than just the > headings > of the chapters. He still did not answer, there was no reply in my spam > filter either. I checked it every day, except yesterday because my server > was down (explanation see under 3). Anyone already has got this PDF file > and > can tell us more about consonant harmony? It seems to be quite an > interesting feature. Maybe I shouldn't have written Mr Hansson that I'm no > linguist but "only" a conlanger, I don't know.
Some real-life certified "linguists" view us conlangers with benign contempt; I would just have said "amateur linguist" or nothing....But it's quite likely Mr. Hansson may no longer be at Chicago; vacation? maybe he's back in Sweden? maybe-- praise be!!-- he found a job? It shouldn't be a time-consuming problem to zip the file and email it to you. Question for Tom Wier: do you know Gunnar Hansson? Although there were some
> typos, it was clear what I wanted. Is "Dear Mr Hansson" offensive in any > way? AFAIK it shouldn't be.
That seems entirely correct.
> 3. Problems with sound changes > ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
A wordlist is at
> -- IMPORTANT: Maybe my server > is > still partly inaccessible.
As of noon Sunday (1600/1700? GMT) it was not accessible.


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