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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.
> > -- > There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> > no more / no less || > to do / all things || > with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein >
Jesse S. Bangs "It is of the new things that men tire--of fashions and proposals and improvements and change. It is the old things that startle and intoxicate. It is the old things that are young." -G.K. Chesterton _The Napoleon of Notting Hill_