On Thu, 8 Jul 1999, Boudewijn Rempt wrote:

> Dirk, has your Shoshone grammar already been published? That should be
> interesting too, especially qua phonology.

No grammar yet; that's my next big academic project. In my dissertation,
however, I looked at the phonology of Gosiute, which is a dialect of
Shoshone. The most interesting facet of Gosiute phonology is its system
of consonant gradation, which is similar in some respects to Finnish,
but much more intricate. I can summarize the basic points to the list if
there is general interest; otherwise, e-mail me privately.

My conlang project, Tepa, has a phonology which is modelled somewhat on
the phonology of Shoshone and Southern Paiute. Tepa allows more complex
syllable types, though, than do either of these languages (at least with
respect to the received view of the sound systems of these languages),
and has a slightly different underlying inventory. But the basic
principles of consonant gradation and vowel devoicing are the same.


Dirk Elzinga
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