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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@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ========================================================