I've been doing a careful reading of chapters 3 and 4 of the CLL in an attempt to answer some questions (of my own) about cmene morphology.
Short refresher: there are rules governing which consonants can be adjacent to each other (consonant pairs), which consonant pairs can appear at the beginning of a word (initial consonant pairs), and which groups of three consonants can exist (consonant triples).
From what I can tell, consonant pair rules apply to all words, including cmene, so "akbar" and "djeimz" are both invalid, but initial pair rules and consonant triple rules don't apply to cmene at all, so "mknil" and "andjelin" are both valid cmene. Unfortunately, both jbofi'e and camxes think "andjelin" is an invalid cmene, even though the much more difficult consonant cluster in "mknil" is considered valid by both. Is this an error, or is there a reason to disallow "andjelin" while ignoring all the other consonant triple rules?
Another thing: cmene have penultimate stress by default, although non-default stress can be indicated with capitalization. Syllabic consonants and 'y' syllables are skipped when determining default stress, but it isn't completely clear whether 'iy' and 'uy' syllables are skipped or not. ('iy' and 'uy' diphthongs are allowed in cmene, but nowhere else.) I'm assuming they're skipped.
Comment too long. Click here
to view the full text.