NATLANG: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?o_0?_re:=A0cons?=onant clusters
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Monday, December 9, 2002, 19:19|
En réponse à Muke Tever <mktvr@...>:
> I thought these European sC-clusters violated the sonority hierarchy?
Indeed. But lots of languages can live with that violation, even languages
which couldn't before (look at French, which used to dislike sC- clusters,
prefixing e- and finally making s disappear. But borrowings dating from the
16th century on show no sign of such dislike. Hence all those words
like "station", "stade", "strapontin", etc...)
> so [ksV]
> is more normal than [skV] (hence things like many IE langs dropping the
> [s], or
> the Romance prosthetic vowel)... and [knV] beats [nkV], etc. but on
> the other
> end, [Vld] is more normal than [Vdl], right.. so it should be 6 > 1 >
Yes indeed. Which shows how strange English is, which keeps untouched clusters
like /sk-/ and /st-/, but simplified clusters like /kn-/, /ks-/ or /gz-/, and
still does synchronically :)) .
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