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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> >> >> etc. >> >> 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 -- Dirk Elzinga "It is important not to let one's aesthetics interfere with the appreciation of fact." - Stephen Anderson