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Non-Finno-Ugric/Turkish vowel harmony systems and the evoluution thereof

From:Mau Rauszer <maurauser@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 23, 2002, 5:36
Zesefde Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>:

> I understand the hows and whys of vowel harmony, and > like the idea a lot. I had a system going, a rather > nice system, for the earlier versions of my current > conlang, but I had abandoned it, citing my magic > 'historical reasons' wand and to give me an excuse to > introduce a lot of irregularity with the rubble of the > collapsed system. > > Can anyone give me examples of vowel harmony systems > that are neither Finno-Ugric nor Turkish? How would > vowel harmony evolve in a language previously without > such a system? >
Well, both my native tongue and Long Wer has vowel harmony (with the front-back idea too) but according to the con-history, the original language (Archaic Meyadhew) had no vowel harmony since it was highly isolating language. But as Long Wer evolved in different ways, and as the eufemism became a major feature of Long Wer, the cats slowly developed the system. For Long Wer, vowel harmony was originally the re-duplication of the previous vowel as attaching vowel between endings to collapse unwanted consonant clusters. Then it slowly became just a vowel agreeing in frontness because of dissimilations, assimilations and analogy. For natlangs I don't really know many natlangs so I can't tell you how and where has it evolved. -- Mau Ábrahám Zsófia alias Mau Rauszer | | "Yú lawe ta mau taqe yibali amis qi ú neb dagu tawiy iq." -- Kipling