I was wondering what people think of analysing nasal vowels as phonemes in
Jorayn, and if not as phonemes, what?
I shall now present the case
Nasal vowels exist in only one environement, the verb aspect morphology in
the habitual and eternal aspects.
They contrast with oral vowels in only one context, the habitual aspect vs
the infinitive punctual or imperfect non-punctual form.
In the same context they sometimes contrast with Vn sequences in
non-punctual verbs, but not in punctual verbs.
A sample paradigm of each verb class for consideration
ave - be.named/called for the person/number 1SG
Far Past avelmo
Far Past avẽalo
hmnatyo - to.love (morphologically punctual, but semantically non-punctual,
it's the only verb that does this, weird)
Far Past hmnatyolmo
Far Past hmnatyõalo