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Re: Case

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). Irina Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself) (English) (Nederlands)