Today's all-purpose reply (inc. Tech syllable inversion)
|Date:||Tuesday, September 28, 1999, 14:31|
Danny Wier <dawier@...> wrote:
> Now onto a distinctive feature of Tech inflection. Not only are vowels
> shifted betwixt one of three gradations (zero/'schwa' < short > long), and
> consonant mutations along the lines of Welsh and Irish, a CV sequence in the
> original root becmes VC -- that is, it reverses!
Do you know of any natlang that does this (or similar stuff)? I think
I once had that in mind, but I thought it wasn't very naturalistic.
Do you have any (linguistic, diachronic) idea why this reversal happens?
> esso 'to stay' (also can mean 'to be')
> There is an implied glottal stop at the beginning of the word, so it's
> really ?esso, where ss = retroflex s. You have CVCV, two CV's, so you have
> the following permutations:
> e'sso (?e > e?)
What do these mean? Does the reversal have predictable grammatical
[snipped lots and lots of vowels]
Do you by any chance have a memory chip implanted in your brain? :)