Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Juggling Consonants and Vowels

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Thursday, July 6, 2000, 18:01
On Thu, 6 Jul 2000, Vima Kadphises wrote:

> This reminds me a little of the "Name Game," which I have
always loathed for obvious reasons. For those of you who have not been thus tormented, it goes something like this, in its simplest form:
> you take a name like "Barry" - and the song comes out like > "Barry Barry bo barry, banana fana fo farry, me my mo marry, Barry!" > or "Glen" and you have > "Glen Glen bo blen, banana fana fo flen, me my mo mlen, Glen!"
This is actually subject to "dialect" variation. The most common form of the Name Game (and the one heard in the song) replaces the entire onset. Thus: Glen, Glen, bo ben, banana fana fo fen, me my mo men, Glen! Another "dialect" replaces complex onsets except for those formed with glides (Gwen, Kyoko, Beula): [*] Kyoko, Kyoko, bo byoko, banana fana fo fyoko, me my mo myoko, Kyoko! There is a squib by Mike Hammond in the 1990 volume of the journal _Phonology_ which makes use of this data to argue a rather technical point about prosodic theory. [*] Actually, [gw] clusters (as in Gwen) behave differently from clusters with [y]; Hammond and Davis (1994) deal with this asymmetry in an another article in _Phonology_. The idea is that [y] really belongs in the nucleus, while [w] really is a consonant in the onset. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga