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USAGE: /t/ (was Re: USAGE: Schwa and syllabification

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Saturday, March 13, 2004, 17:32
> Of course in the London area the 'dark l' has become [w] so the word > sounds more like ['lI?U] - I'm probably not spot on with that last sound > and no doubt And or Joe who are more familiar with 'Esturine English' will > be more accurate :)
_skittle_ is [skI?o], _little_ [lI?o] or [lIo].
> > People are probably sick of my pointing out that this or that bit > > of linguistic exotica or impossibilia occurs in one dialect or > > another of English... But here goes anyway: > [snip] > > Nor do you just have to make do with a Brit English dialect for an example > either. The change from [t] to [h] did happen in Gaelic. In Scots Gaelic > it's spelled |th| and also in Irish when written in standard modern Roman > letters; but in the Irish alphabet it's just |t| wih a dot on it. > > It's true not all instances of /t/ went this way, but those subject to > 'soft mutation' did. The steps are: > [t] --> [t_h] --> [T] --> [h]
Scouse would have followed a similar path, except that the coronal segments are apicoalveolar rather than laminodental. (So _pith_, _pit_ and _piss_ all end in fricatives and all contrast.) Because the step to [h] was lexically selective, you end up with contrasts like _not_ [nQh] vs _knot_ [nQ$] (where $ is a fricative one might symbolize in IPA by [t] with an openness diacritic added). (All things considered, I'd say that _not_ has allomorphs /nQt/ and /nQ/.) --And.