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Re: New Language

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, April 9, 2001, 12:27
En réponse à Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>:

> > Vowel harmony: All vowels must be either front or back (recent loan > words might violate this), for this reason, {ay} only needs to be > written in words containing only low vowels > S/X and Z/J: Originally, s and x were allophones, as were z and j. X > and J occured before front vowels, S and Z before back vowels. > That's still true in native words, and is active in inflectional > morphology, but loan words have caused occurences of s and z before > front vowels, and x and j before back ones. >
This looks like my language Tj'a-ts'a~n, which has also vowel harmony and the same phonemic set as Kinikte (though as the harmony is front unrounded against back rounded, the back 'a' is realized [Q]). Tj'a-ts'a~n has also a single fricative phoneme /s/ realized [s], [S], [z] or [Z] depending on its surrounding (for voice it assimilates with the neighbouring consonnant, when there's one, for backness it assimilates with the neighbouring vowel). This is very productive for prefixes and suffixes, though there is also consonnant harmony which Kinikte lacks, which is based on a three-level scale: voiceless/voiced/nasalized. Christophe.