Re: Haceks and letters with ascenders
|From:||Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>|
|Date:||Monday, March 10, 2003, 14:36|
At 1:55 PM +0100 3/8/03, Andreas Johansson wrote:
>Quoting Dirk Elzinga <Dirk_Elzinga@...>:
>> The retroflex series could be represented with the symbols for the
>> corresponding alveolar consonants following an <r>:
>> [t`] -> <rt>
>> [d`] -> <rd>
>> [n`] -> <rn>
>> This is how many of the orthographies are set up for the Australian
>> languages. But then, not everyone is open-minded enough to follow the
>> digraph path :-).
>Do you by any chance know whether this enlightened spelling convention was
>copied from the Scandinavian languages, where "rt"=[t`] etc are used due to
>sound changes merging /r/ with following dentals into retroflexes.
I don't know for certain, but I surmise that it comes from Anglophone
pronunciation of /r/, which can be retroflex.
Dirk Elzinga Dirk_Elzinga@byu.edu
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