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Gramaticalised phonology

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 26, 2003, 9:25
Has anyone else created a conlang, or is anyone aware of a natlang, in
which certain phonemes or phonological features can occur only in
particular grammatical contexts? This happens quite a lot in Magzhelyagon,
which, as I've mentioned before, is intended to be an unpronounceable
polysynthetic monstrosity. An example is the evidentiality system - the
dubious evidentiality is denoted by all the stops in the word regarded as
representing doubtful information becoming prenasalised, or a prefix [nde]
if there are no suitable stops, and the certain evidentiality is indicated
by lateralisation of all fricatives in the word representing certain
information, or a prefix [Ke] if there are no suitable fricatives.
Prenasalised stops and lateral fricatives do not occur elsewhere.



JS Bangs <jaspax@...>