|From:||Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, July 18, 1999, 23:32|
On Thu, 15 Jul 1999, Josh Brandt-Young wrote:
> It gets really bizarre when you have an /l/ at the end of a word that
> gets "palatalized out of existence" (as Comrie says)...ahem:
> copil = child
> copii = children
> copiii = the children
> Hmm. Three of any letter in a row just gets on my nerves for some reason.
Try pronouncing the one in the middle as /j/. It's a straightforward
word of three syllables then, [kop'iji].
The underlying form is *copilili; copil "child", -i- "plural marker",
-li "masculine plural definite article".
The indefinite plural is pronounced [kop'i], optionally with a slight
[j] at the end, from *copili.
I also wrote something about that a while ago, even with the same
example (but not as clearly as yours).
Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay.