Query about Quenya Dual

Query about Quenya Dual

PostAuthor: Tuilinde » Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:56 pm


here is a query which came through to Quettar from Reinier Joosse :
Anyway, I have got a question. If you have a noun, for example alda, and you
make it dual, it becomes aldu: the a is replaced. Or cirya - ciryat. The a is
not replaced. My question is about the ending -u.
I know that the choice between ending -u or -t is made by euphony, so by 'what
sounds better'.
But why is the ending vowel in alda replaced if you add an -u (not aldau) and
that in pé not? (peu, diphthong) Is the ending vowel only replaced if it does
not sound well otherwise?

If someone could put an answer together I will forward it to her(?). We might have a new member shortly if we can provide this help.

Thanks in advance
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Re: Query about Quenya Dual

PostAuthor: Aran » Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:29 pm

Well, is actually contracted from peñe (with loss of the velar nasal between vowels), while dual peu is contracted from peñu (VT39:11). So the last vowel is replaced here in the same way as it is in alda, aldu. A further example is pire 'toe', dual piru.
But even it were not the case, vowels in monosyllables are root vowels and have to stay there to keep a word comprehensible. For example, in aldinga 'tree top' the final derivational vowel is replaced, while the root ald- remains. It would be unreasonable to shorten a word like to a mere p-; that kind of thing usually only happens with particles.

We might have a new member shortly if we can provide this help.

And if not than this person will decide to go elsewhere? :s
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