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Re: Word-initial sound changes

Date:Friday, February 4, 2000, 23:27
> -----Original Message----- > From: Constructed Languages List [mailto:CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU]On > Behalf Of And Rosta > Sent: Friday, February 4, 2000 2:16 PM > To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU > Subject: Re: Word-initial sound changes > > > Eric (ErgGkhri sdofrsn ~ Erg Gkhrisdfrsn): > > I know that in languages I'm familiar with that use some form > of lenition > > (voicing or fricativization, or both), lenition doesn't occur > > word-initially. My question is, how unreasonable would it be > for lenition to > > occur word (and phrase)-initially too? I'd like to have a > phonology of plain > > stops, aspirated stops, and glottalized stops, all unvoiced, > and have the > > plain stops become voiced. Make sense? > > In certain English accents lenition (affrication or spirantization) of > word- or phrase- intial plosives occurs (e.g. utterance-initial > /t/ realized > with apical [s] in Scouse). But to my amateurish eye, voicing of initial > plosives (when not intervocalic) seems rather more unlikely; earlier > messages have established that we so far have not come up with > any synchronic > examples.
Ah. Actually my whole question is diachronic in nature. I somehow forgot that the word lenition is also applied to synchronic changes :)
> I wonder whether it might not be easier to make voicing a default property > of the plain stops, and define the environments in which voicing is lost. > (That's how it is in Livagian.)
Good idea, but I wanted to use the set plain/ejective/aspirated, all unvoiced, because I like it so much estheticly. Eric Christopherson / *Aiworegs Ghristobhorosyo suHnus