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.
Ábrahám Zsófia alias Mau Rauszer
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