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Re: accusative allomorphy in pre-Silindion

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 9:39

Elliott Lash wrote:

> In the language that developed into Silindion there > were three allomorphs of the accusative suffix. The > first was _n_, the second _an_, the third _en_. The > basic distribution was: > > _n_ > Used with stems ending in a vowel; _t_; _s_ or _l_ > > _an_ > Used with stems ending in _j_; _d_; _st_; _nd_; _Vn_, > where _V_ was a back vowel; and syllabic _n_ (which > was counted as _Vn_ for syllable counting purposes). > > _en_ > Used with stems ending in _Vn_ where _V_ was a front > vowel; and _Vr_ where V was a front vowel. > > [examples snup] > > Anyway, I wanted to present this info, because I was > thinking about whether or not the original > distribution of the allomorphs makes any sense to any > of you, since I'm not sure if it does to me. I have > some ideas about why _an_ _en_ and _n_ occur where > they do, but they are not definite ideas.
I think it makes sense, though I am a bit surprised that the allomorph -n occurs with t-, s- and l-stems. But then, I have seen things like that in several natlangs. I really enjoyed reading about a detail of the historical grammar of your gorgeous language! Greetings, Jörg. ______________________________________________________________ Verschicken Sie romantische, coole und witzige Bilder per SMS! Jetzt bei WEB.DE FreeMail: