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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 :-))))