rankin at ku.edu
Tue Nov 30 21:54:00 UTC 2004
> -- In the SE there are problems created by notation and also by the
> areal feature by which some /i/ may be phonetically [e]. Mary Haas's paper on
> "The Last Words of Biloxi" points out that [e] is an allophone of the phoneme
> /i/.... -- I just recently got and read this article, and I think Haas
> mentions that for words ending in -i', it often comes out as -e', i think she
> says when there's silence following. Or did I misread/miscomprehend that?
I can't remember all of Haas' environments, but they're in the article. The
Choctaw rule, for those who applied it, was /i/ > [e] in utterance-final
position. I can't remember if the speakers who did that were from Oklahoma or
from Mississippi. My recollection is that the Mobilian Trade Jargon had lots of
examples too -- and that's probably the vehicle by which most of the diffusion
took place in the lower Mississippi Valley and adjacent areas.
> -- Ofo appears to share this trait, and I have a short discussion of it in
> little Ofo pamphlet I prepared for the Siouan Conf. a couple of years back in
> Rapid City.-- Is there some way I can get my hands on a copy of your article?
> Was it published?
Not yet, although a version will presumably appear in the proceedings of last
April's LAVIS meeting in Tuscaloosa. I can mail a preliminary version of the
Ofo dict. revision with phonemicizations and a morphosyntax summary. Some of
the words in the dict. are still in the orthographic alphabetical order
established by Swanton, but I added vowel length from his manuscript card file
at the Smithsonian.
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