On Mon, 2 Oct 2000, Marcus Smith wrote:
> Wow. Now I understand final features. :-)
Thanks! It's a nifty system, and IMO, rather elegant.
> I am also making a modification to Telek, based on what I read. I've never
> been satisfied my sequences of long vowel followed by a geminate. Now that
> I know they are typologically unusual, I'm going to dump them. I'm going
> to shorten the vowel and keep the geminates moraic. (Sorry, no mimicking
> Gosiute here.) I'm also going to keep geminate fricatives. :-)
Hey, ya gotta go where the muse takes you. I have also avoided super
heavy syllables in Tepa, although they may show up under exceptional
circumstances, like encliticization of indefinite/interrogative =tte
to a word ending in a long vowel. The clitic keeps its geminate, and
the host keeps its long vowel, resulting in a super heavy syllable.
> You might be interested to know: I just started a field methods course, and
> we are going to be analyzing Pima. Should be interesting. I've read a
> little bit about Papago, so I already know more than I should, but it isn't
> enough to be a problem. My second foray into Uto-Aztecan languages.
What fun! Piman languages are interesting for all kinds of reasons--
phonetic/-ological (just where do those clusters come from?),
morphological (especially perfective verbs--gotta love truncation!),
and syntactic (2nd position auxiliaries).
Wish I were there.
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