What're "agglutinating" and "isolating"?
|From:||Tom Wier <artabanos@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 7, 1998, 3:52|
Sam Bryant wrote:
> Isn't vowel length a supersegmental too? Latin at least makes this change:
> /agricola/ farmer, nom
> /agricola:/ farmer, ablative.
Well, yes, but vowel length was also phonemic in Latin, so the change from
/a/ to /a:/ did not so much involve the addition of some "superimposed" /:/
but rather the change to an entirely separate sound, /a:/. They didn't think
of it as /a/ + /:/, just /a:/.
Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
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