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Re: New Language, minimal phonology

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Monday, February 28, 2000, 5:57
At 11:16 am -0600 26/2/00, Daniel A. Wier wrote:
>>From: andrew <hobbit@...> > >>I found myself pronouncing "tama-at" as /tama?at/ which would introduce >>a seventh consonant. Two options come to mind: either vowel length >>(tama-at pronounced /tama:t/); or consonant insertion (*tama-k-at). > >Yeah, same thing happens in Hawaiian; consecutive vowels separated by an >"automatic" glottal stop. Twelve letters, thirteen phonemes. > >Theoretically, wouldn't every language in the world have a glottal stop in >its inventory?
No. Some French speakers use it to avoid liaison where a word begin with "h aspirate"; e.g. one would pronounce 'avec elle' as [avE'kEl], but 'avec haine' is [avEk'E:n], i.e. the second syllable is blocked and the last begins with a vowel. But some speakers insert a weak glottal consonant, either [avEk'?E:n] or even [avEk'hE:n]. The use of a glottal is never recommended to foreigners lerarning French since (a) it is by ni means universal French usage, and (b) there is then a tendency by non-French speakers to use [?] where no francophone would use it, e.g. "j'ai eu" [Ze'y], "Moïse [mo'iz], i.e. it is _not_ 'automatically' used to separate vowels in hiatus. In the languages of southern Europe vowels in hiatus are not 'autommatically' separated by [?] and, I suspect, not only these but quite a large number of the worlds languages do not include a glottal stop in their inventory. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================