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Re: Phonological terminology question

From:Tristan <kesuari@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 18, 2003, 4:15
On Tue, 2003-02-18 at 12:54, Danny Wier wrote:
> Not only Semitic languages have the pharyngeal consonants, but other > non-Semitic languages in the Afrasian language/phylum: Egyptian (but not > Coptic)...
How can we know (or even suspect) that Egyptian had pharyngeal consonants yet we can't guess at the vowels and pretend they're /e/ or null, when it's descendant doesn't have pharyngeals but does have vowels? (or at least, I'm hoping it does ;) ) Tristan.


Eamon Graham <robertg@...>Egyptian Vowels (Was Re: Phonological terminology question)