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Re: Deriving words that aren't too long

From:Peter Clark <pc451@...>
Date:Monday, November 16, 1998, 18:30
> > For example, I have the root "chit" (gift), and by adding the
> > "il" and "a" I get the word "chitila" (to take). Is there any way I > > could still have regular derivation, but keep the size of the words > > down?
Have you thought about using mutations? While Enamyn wouldn't form "to take" from "a gift", a verb like "to bestow" could be regularized with a simple final consonant mutation: "chit" /xit/ -> "chitwr" /xiT.r=/. (Ignore the syllabic /r/ for now; it has something to do with the verbs, and not with the derivation.) :Peter == _____ _____________________________________________________ | \ O) ...for Christ plays in ten thousand places, ) _|__/ | Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his | / |eter | To the Father through the features of men's faces. | | | | -Gerard Manley Hopkins, "As Kingfishers Catch Fire" | \___lark (_____________________________________________________(O _________________________________________________________ DO YOU YAHOO!? Get your free address at