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Which is simpler: /y/ or /iw/?

From:Paul Bennett <paul.w.bennett@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 2:49
I'm having yet another round of re-thinking about Uinlistka phonology.

Old Norse has /y/, /2/, and /Q/.
A number of Algonquian languages have /iw/, /ew/, and /Aw/.

As far as I can tell, those Alg languages treat the /-w/ clusters as vowel
phonemes (or something na(t)ively equivalent). Based on recordings of
Ojibwe, I'd say that the vowels in the /-w/ clusters are shorter than
"normal" short vowels, perhaps to the point where the whole cluster is
about as long as a normal short vowel.

Based on that, and knowing that Uinlitska is supposed to have developed
among Old Norse settlers in northeastern North America, which of the
following seems more naturalistic:

1: /y/, /2/, /Q/ simplify to /iw/, /ew/, /Aw/

2: /iw/, /ew/, /Aw/ simplify to /y/, /2/, /Q/

S: something else

Thanks for your thoughts,


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