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Re: Splitting Syllables

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Thursday, August 2, 2001, 16:45
Matthew wrote:

> This has been rattling around in my head for a bit. > In Eviendadhail, syllables are very important. The alphabet, such as it > is, is almost a syllabary. Meter is based on syllables. However, > Proto-Eviendadhail (which doesn't exist as more than a collection of > roots) does not specify syllables in roots. Thus, I have AR, the root > for 'red', beget "Äir" ( = fire) and "Är" ( = blood). The first is two > syllables and the second, one. However, this seems weird to me. Of > especial confusion is the two words "Nel" ( = child) and "Ênlê" ( = > small). Both come from the PE root, NL, "small". However, the two <l>s > are actually different phonemes, one being an initial sound and the > other a final. Does anyone know of any natlangs in which roots get > split between syllables? Also, I know my root system isn't very > scientific. Does anyone have any better ideas?
Reminds me of Tolkien's Proto-Quendian... or Semitic. Luca