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Re: A question on palatalization.

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Thursday, January 2, 2003, 16:21
Quoting Muke Tever <mktvr@...>:

> From: "Tristan" <kesuari@...> > > 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. > > That has to be breaking a rule of some kind... >_<
I seem to remember reading that there is a crosslinguistic tendency for bimoraic segments to have a [+high] element. If so, it should not be surprising that (depending on how you analyze it) /e:/ is [ei(] and /o:/ is [ou(] in most dialects. Some dialects violate this principle, however: Minnesotan dialect is wellknown for its "pure" back vowel [o:]. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637