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Pete (Bleackley?) wrote: ....what I > >call a "vowel melody" system, mainly on the ground that > I don't know a > >better term for it. There's an underlying three-vowel > system, but each > >vowel assimilates towards the following one, eg > >katiru > ketyru > >surami > soremi > >So we have a total of six vowels > >i y u > > e o > > a > > > >where subsequent syllables must contain vowels which > are either > >identical or adjecent in the triangle, and the final > vowel of a word > >must be at an apex of the triangle. > > > >Any real-life examples of such a system, and what would > it be called? My Prevli is similar, but the word-bases are only 2-syl. with penult stress, and the final V is affected in certain forms of the word, but in others forms, the underlying vowels appear. Thus the modified final vowels are not really phonemic. FWIW, it has a 5-vowel system /i e a u o/, only /i a u/ occur in final syl. and modify to [e, y, o, &, O]. (IIRC) Your system seems to involve a recusive umlaut rule-- V1 is affected by V2, then V2 by V3. You refer to the underlying /a i u/, but do these vowels ever actually occur in 1st or 2nd syllables? Where is the stress (perhaps word-final?), and does it matter? It's a rather intresting system :-))))