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Re: CHAT: query: where to start?

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Thursday, August 10, 2000, 17:23
On Wed, 9 Aug 2000, J Matthew Pearson wrote:

> Speaking of non-concatenative morphology, I've recently begun toying with a new > scheme for marking certain cases in Tokana. Currently, the dative case is marked > by adding "-i" (/j/) to words ending in a vowel and "-e" to words ending in a > consonant: > > Absolutive Dative > > tomla tomlai [tomlaj] "mountain" > uosu uosoi [wosoj] "pebble" > esian esiane [ESjanE] "name" > totsat totsate [totsatE] "table" > > Now I'm thinking of changing things so that the dative is always marked by an > "-i" glide, which gets added to the end of a vowel-final stem, and before the > final consonant of a consonant-final stem (infixation): > > Absolutive Dative > > tomla tomlai [tomlaj] "mountain" > uosu uosoi [wosoj] "pebble" > esian esiain [ESjajn] "name" > totsat totsait [totsajt] "table" > > Not sure if I'll go with that or not, though...
Go for it! I'm still smarting from your abandonment of reduplication in Tokana; it'd be nice to see some noncat morphology again ... :-) Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga