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CONLANG  October 2010, Week 4

CONLANG October 2010, Week 4

Subject:

phonemicity

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Matthew Turnbull <[log in to unmask]>

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Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:05:39 -0500

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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

non-punctual
ave - be.named/called for the person/number 1SG

Imperfect
Far Past avelmo
Past avem
Present ave
Futur aven
Habitual
Past avẽlo
Present avẽ
Futur orinavnẽr
Eternal
Far Past avẽalo
Present avẽa

hmnatyo - to.love (morphologically punctual, but semantically non-punctual,
it's the only verb that does this, weird)

Perfect Punctual
Far Past hmnatyolmo
Past hmnatyom
Present hmnatyomo
Futur hmnatiimo
Habitual
Past hmnatyõlo
Present hmnatyõ
Futur orinhmnatiimõr
Eternal
Far Past hmnatyõalo
Present hmnatyõa

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