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:].
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