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Re: language of the Mandai: phonology

From:Tom Little <tom@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 14, 2002, 19:27
> >Given that you make no claim that speakers of Mandai are physiologically >like people in this world, I see nothing wrong with this. However, in >*this* world, stress seems very strongly to correlate with relative >syllable weight, such that closed syllables and syllables with long >vowels are prosodically more prominent than open syllables with short >vowels.
All the syllables in the language are open (except for some final syllables), and the three vowels that receive the strongest stress (/i/, /A/, /u/) tend to be long. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tom Little Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) Telperion Productions ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~