Re: Re[2]: [tied] Re: Unreality of One-Vowel Systems (was: Bader's

From: Mate Kapovic
Message: 32961
Date: 2004-05-28

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian M. Scott" <BMScott@...>
To: "Mate Kapovic" <>
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2004 2:50 AM
Subject: Re[2]: [tied] Re: Unreality of One-Vowel Systems (was: Bader's
article on *-os(y)o)

> At 5:42:04 PM on Wednesday, May 26, 2004, Mate Kapovic
> wrote:
> [...]
> > You can always pull another joker out :) Abkhaz has been
> > analyzed as a system with no phonemic vowel.
> I thought that was Kabardian, with Abkhaz having a (flawed)
> analysis with only one phonemic vowel.

I am not sure...

> > I am definitely with Jens here... Monovocalic theory
> > cannot be excluded on typological grounds since some
> > languages *can* (even if it is only a possibility) be
> > analyzed like that and also there is the standard example
> > - if all the Khoisan languages died out before linguists
> > came there, I bet 99% of all linguists would swear that
> > phonemic clics are absolutely impossibile.
> Damin?

A made-up secret language? You think that would convince Glen? :-) But we
can easily get rid of that too and who would then believe in clics?