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Re: A question on palatalization.

From:Tristan <kesuari@...>
Date:Thursday, January 2, 2003, 13:33
Muke Tever wrote:

>From: "Tristan" <kesuari@...> > > >>>Well, I answered the point about Old English. In that case, /dZ/ is not >>> >>> >really > > >>>orphan. As for the vowel inventory, on the other hand, I heartily agree with >>>you. But it's not for nothing that the English vowel inventory is considered >>>exceptional ;))) . >>> >>> >>> >>So what other examples of English's vowels' oddities are there? I >>realise it's hard/impossible to generalise, but this is probably because >>of the oddities. Speak of dialects you know! :) >> >> > >My favorite English vowel oddity is that (at least in Genam) only two or three >vowels are able to cleanly end syllables or words: /A @ @`/. The rest all take >offglides or ambisyllabicity. >
What's Genam? My dialect doesn't suffer that 'oddity' (is it really that odd?) with all the long vowels, /0;/ (the only pure 'tense' vowel) and /i;/ (which doesn't so much have an offglide as an onglide [@i;]) and /@/ able to... I guess an oddity of my English might be it has three unrounded high vowels---/I/, /i;/ and /I:~I:@/ (bid, bead, beard), or perhapsfully the fact that there's no/little front-centre-back symmetry. Is that odd?
>That has to be breaking a rule of some kind... >_< >
Of course it isn't! There's no rules languages have to abide by! Tristan - Yahoo! Movies - What's on at your local cinema?