[tlhIngan Hol] {-oy} following an open syllable

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Mon Nov 4 13:50:53 PST 2019

On 11/4/2019 4:32 PM, De'vID wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 4, 2019, 21:59 , <kechpaja at kechpaja.com 
> <mailto:kechpaja at kechpaja.com>> wrote:
>     It also isn't that strange for a language to have an affix that can't
>     attach to words with certain phonological shapes, even if the
>     resulting
>     word wouldn't violate any phonological rules. For instance, the
>     English
>     deadjectival verbalizing suffix "-en" that we see in words such as
>     "redden" and "darken" (it's generally used with color terms, but can
>     occasionally occur with other adjectives) cannot be added to
>     adjectives
>     ending in a vowel or sonorant — which is why you don't hear
>     *yellowen or
>     *greenen. 
> You do if you're willing to embiggen your vocabulary.

By applying known rules in ways that don't contradict other rules, as 
with the word /embiggen./ But you /don't/ hear /yellowen/ or /greenen/ 
because these contradict the very rule that SapIr just cited. /Embiggen/ 
violates so such rule.


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