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Re: CHAT: vowel reduction (was Re: CHAT: A flat minor)

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Thursday, October 24, 2002, 5:53
"Isaac A. Penzev" wrote:
> ObConlang: Does any of your conlangs have regular vowel reduction > bound to stress shift
One of my early conlangs, Kizval, had a regular process of vowel reduction (and eventual deletion) in its protolanguage. Causatives in the proto-language were formed by a simple stress shift, but with the reduction and deletion, and various assimilation effects, this meant that the relationship between verbs and their causative forms were usually opaque. In my provisional Tivets, a descendant of Uatakassi, there are a number of vowel reductions related to stress. Stress in Uatakassi is on the penultimate mora, which means that suffixes generally change the stress, causing vocalic changes in the root. -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42