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Re: Maximal flexibility with self-segregating morphology

From:Larry Sulky <larrysulky@...>
Date:Monday, September 8, 2008, 17:23
On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 1:01 PM, Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...> wrote:
> Gary Shannon scripsit: >>... >> I've always favored open syllables. They are neat and >> tidy and east to synthesize. But there's a parsing >> probelem with the spoken language. > [...] >> So here's the solution that occured to me as I was >> dozing off last night: >> >> Words take the form CVV or VCVV or CVCVV or VCVCVV or >> CVCVCVV or VCVCVCVV, etc., where the final syllable >> must always have a vowel pair and no other syllable in >> a word is permitted to have a vowel pair. > > This sounds like a good plan. And since it depends entirely on a > marking at the end of a word to accomplish word-segregation, there's > no inherent restriction on consonant clusters internal to the word, > which provides a bit of extra freedom.
I am working on a conlang right now that does this. It's looking very promising. I know, I know, I said I was going to set auxlanging aside... that's why this one is a conlang that just LOOKS like an auxlang.
> But what if we *want* > word-internal vowel sequences?
Try separating them with a glottal stop? Or using only a subset (perhaps easily diphthongised) for the word-ending markers?
> > It occurs to me also that the final-pair marking system without > initial vowels is essentially equivalent to a surrounding-vowel > system, where all words start and end with a vowel, except that each > initial vowel is shifted backwards by one word.
Correct. Saves a syllable per word, too, if the vowel pair can be pronounced as a diphthong.
> > Altogether, this results in the most flexible self-segregating > morphological system I have yet seen (although, it only addresses > segregating words, rather than individual morphemes, but a > word-internal segregation system could be superimposed fairly easily).
I've also done this. I'd be happy to send you a sample if you'd like. I think your overall design is very different from what I'm doing, but I'm happy to share examples if you think they'd be fruitful for you. --larry


Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...>