Re: CONLANG Digest - 30 Oct 2000 to 31 Oct 2000 (#2000-298)
|From:||jesse stephen bangs <jaspax@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 2, 2000, 20:26|
John Cowan sikayal:
> jesse stephen bangs wrote:
> > Actually, the orthography was changed a little while ago. Now, <â> is the
> > standard spelling, with <î> used only in the personal pronouns (îmi,
> > îti, îi), the preposition în, compounds that begin with în-, and those few
> > verbs that have î as the thematic vowel.
> Gross. That means that you have to remember that â patterns with front
> vowels, a with back vowels (e.g. in the interpretation of a preceding c or g).
> Or am I misremembering, and î patterned with back vowels already?
You misremember, if you're saying that <c g> are [tS dZ] before <î>
(or <â>). <cât> is [k1t], not [tS1t], so in that sense the new
orthography makes it easier to remember. However, the vowels /1 @/ often
alternate with the front vowels: /sf1nt ~ sfintsj/, /v@d vezj/.
I'm doing my Ling paper right now on Romanian vocalic alternations, so my
mind is brimming with diphthongization, centralization, lowering, etc.
Jesse S. Bangs firstname.lastname@example.org
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