|From:||Shreyas Sampat <ssampat@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 13, 2006, 4:34|
So I was musing about vowel harmony, and wondering, what's it look like
when it starts bleeding into consonants, so I threw together this here
The vowels are organised into two groups, 'green' and 'blue'; the names
don't mean anything, obviously. Some of the consonants take different
forms depending on the colour of a word. In the table below, consonant
PAIRS indicate the blue form followed by the green form. The affricate
TRIPLETS are (almost) simply a shorthand for two overlapping pairs; blue
<chetsun> corresponds to green <chwe'chon>, except in a few cases where
the simple postalveolar form doesn't alternate (thus green <che'chon).
Inventory, with doubled lines for cxs, sometimes:
Blue vowels: i e a u u'
Green vowels: i e' o' o u
u' o' e' are /U O E/; I prefer to write them with the Vietnamese horn
diacritic but that's obviously not good usage on the list.
p-qu t ts-ch-chw kh
k^w t^h tS tS^w x
d tz--j-jw gh-g
t dZ dZ^w G g
m n ng /N/
w r l y /j/
Syllables are CV(C), except initial syllables which may be onsetless.
Codas may be <s sh sw h m n ng r l y> or a gemination of a stop. Nasals
don't have to assimilate with following consonants.
So, a question: in languages with harmony, is it common for affixes to
force the rest of a word into a particular form? I'm thinking about
including some that have -only- a green or blue form, possibly because
(fake-historically) they were borrowed from some other language and not