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:
> Used with stems ending in a vowel; _t_; _s_ or _l_
> 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).
> 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!
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