En réponse à David Peterson <[log in to unmask]>: > > Wow! That's really cool! But I'm wondering: What happens when more > than > one suffix is added that has a fixed vowel, but the vowels conflict > (e.g., > one from the dominant set, one from the recessive)? Or do such things > > happen? > If the terms "dominant" and "recessive" are used in any way comparable with their use in biology, I'd say that your question is meaningless, since only suffixes with a dominant vowel have a fixed vowel. The whole point, if I understood it correctly, is that a word will have all its vowels in the recessive form, unless at least one is a dominant vowel, in which case they will all have to become dominant. So a suffix like -qa has a dominant vowel, and as such this vowel is fixed (and triggers harmony). It stays always this way. On the other hand, the suffix -e has a recessive vowel, and thus alternates between -a and -e depending on whether there is a dominant vowel or not in the word. In other words, the vowels of the dominant set /i,a,o/ are fixed and don't alternate, while the vowels of the recessive set /i,e,u/ are *not* fixed and alternate with the corresponding vowels of the dominant set, the triggering factor being the presence of an original dominant vowel in the word. It's an interesting case where vowel harmony goes only in one direction, from recessive to dominant, and never the other way round (hence the adjectives "recessive" and "dominant"). Now Dirk, did I understand the feature correctly? ;))) Christophe. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.