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Re: USAGE: h&ppi? (was: RE: Importance of stress)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 19:08
At 2:03 pm +0100 23/2/00, BP Jonsson wrote:
>At 07:04 +0100 21.2.2000, Raymond Brown wrote:
>that it may be different in some areas with a Welsh substrate, where >gemination was probably introduced by first-generation English-speakers as >a spelling pronunciation.
Not at all - it is the Welsh substrate. In Welsh voiceless, aspirated plosives are regularly gemminate after a stressed syllable, and the aspiration is retained, tho the spelling has only a single letter. The Welsh for 'happy' is 'hapus' /'happ_h1s/. Welsh 'criced' /'k_hrIkk_hEd/ (the game, not the insect) sounds quite different from its English origin.
>Or is the /p/ of that pronunciation you are hesitant about aspirated? >Perhaps [h&p_hi] has been re-interpreted as /h&p.hI/!
Not likely - Few, if any, English speakers who are phonetically illiterate are aware of aspiration of voiceless plosives. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================