/H/ (was: An Unknown Conlang)
|From:||DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 6, 2000, 21:22|
From: "Christophe Grandsire"
> >> If you want, I can give you a sketch of this language. Its phonology
> >> is
> >> interesting too, containing the phonemes /y/ and /H/ (the French 'u'
> >> - or
> >> German 'ü' - and its semivowel conterpart, the semivowel in French
> >> 'lui').
> >You know, I looked hard but found no language that contained the/inverted-h/
> >phoneme outside of French. Until I discovered it in Abkhaz. And Abkhaz
> has A
> >LOT of consonants.
> I've heard that some Tibetan languages, and maybe even some Chinese
> languages had it? Am I wrong?
Mandarin certainly has it, after the palatal series and, rarely, after "n"
and "l". Shanghainese has it to a more limited extent after palatals.
Cantonese has /y/, but not /H/ -- can't think of any examples anyway.
Taiwanese doesn't even have /y/. I can't speak for other dialects or