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Re: comments on Itláni

From:Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <irina@...>
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2001, 11:54
On Saturday 17 November 2001 10:47, Matt wrote:

> --- Irina Rempt <irina@...> wrote:
> > hanie jat tylan hyn > > apprentice this smith FUT > > "this apprentice will be a smith" > > "this apprentice is going to be a smith" > > Irina, I like those words _tylan_ and _hyn_. How is > it that y is pronounced in Ilaini/Valdyan?
[barred-i], the thing that looks like "61" in Russian. It's a high central unrounded vowel, about halfway between [y] and [i] but slightly further back ([y] and [i] are both front vowels). You can also arrive at it by saying [a] and raising it in steps; first you get an a-flavoured shwa (which Romanians spell a-breve) and then you get [barred-i] (which Romanians spell i-circumflex or a-circumflex). In fast speech, unstressed "y" is often indistinguishable from [I]. Irina -- --------------------------------------------------------------------- By my troth, we that have good wits have much to answer for. We shall be flouting; we cannot hold. - William Shakespeare, _As You Like It_