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MG voiced plosives (was: A few phonetics-related q's)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 15, 2004, 18:07
On Tuesday, September 14, 2004, at 06:54 , Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Quoting Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>: > >>> And [anda] is what happens in Modern Greek, IIRC. >> >> Yes - tho I understand that in some dialects the nasal is lost entirely, >> i. >> e. /anta/ is pronounced [anda] or [ada] according to dialect. > > I guess this must be the origin of the use of nu-tau for /d/ in foreign > names > and words, then. It gives us wonderful things like "Donald" becoming > "Ntonalnt" > (nu-tau-omicron-nu-alpha-nu-tau).
> They also use mu-pi for /b/, and, IIRC, gamma-kappa for /g/.
You do recall correctly, but the use of /d/, /b/ and /g/ is controversial. The phonemic status of voiced plosives in Modern Greek is still hotly debated. Ray =============================================== =============================================== "They are evidently confusing science with technology." UMBERTO ECO September, 2004