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Introduction to Altaii

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Monday, June 30, 2003, 15:47
Andreas Johansson (on his website) wrote:

>The diphthongs are _ei ai oy uy_. The language is quite tolerant of hiatic
combinations-- the chief exception being that i and y cannot stand after another vowel. Where this would occur the first vowel is lost if it is i,y,e or a -- if it is o or u, a diphthong oy or uy results instead.> As I read this, the sequences /i,e,y,a/ + /i~y/ > /i y /. And /u,o/ + /i~y/ > /uy, oy/ (assuming that in case of /oi, ui/ you have rounding assimilation > /oy, uy/. So where do _ei, ai_ come from? Something omitted here??? And doesn't the name _Altaii_ violate this rule (or does the morpheme boundary between the two i's block it)? If, as I assume, ei ai derive < /e,a/ + /i~y/ (with loss of rounding in case of /ey, ay/, then in fact the only non-permitted vowel sequences involve the two high front vowels /i y/ (??) Thus, "delete the first vowel" gives ii, yi > i, and iy yy > y. Or have I missed something? (BTW, since the vowels /i e a u o/ are given their "classic" values, I'm assuming /y/ = [high, front, rounded] -- Whatever it represents, maybe you ought to mention that.)


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>