Re: rotokas; practical syllabarology; et alia
|From:||Mike Ellis <nihilsum@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 9:17|
Emily Zilch wrote:
>John Lynch (1998: Pacific Languages, U-HI Maanoa) notes that Rotokas
>has six consonants: p t k, v r g. In a footnote (incidentally, the
>*only* other thing he has to say about this language), he notes that [
>v ] [ r ] [ g ] become /m/, /n/, /N/ in certain environments.
>This strongly suggests consonant clusters.
The Rosetta Project's website has a bit on Rotokas phonology.
It says there are neither clusters nor final consonants in Rotokas. See
2.2(1) and 2.2(2).
There's also a few pages of a grammar:
... where it says that the s sound only occurs before i! So the name Rotokas
could be "Rotokasi" in Rotokas, or that might not be the native name of the
language at all.
>Man, I wish I went to MIT steada Harvard, then I could figure out the
>maths - would assuming a (C)V(C) syllabic structure allow for 350
>possible syllables? Well, CV allows 35 possible syllables, right?
The 350 might have been a typo for "35".