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Re: Palatalized / Labialized consonants

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, July 8, 2004, 17:48
Outo Otus scripsit:

> I was wondering if any languages make a distinction between a platalized > consonant, and a consonant followed by a palatal glide [j]
Oh yes. Russian itself has a four-way distinction between /pa/, /p;a/, /pja/, and /p;ja/ (using ; ad hoc for palatalization). These are written p+a, p+ya, p+hard+ya, and p+soft+ja respectively. /pja/ is quite rare even in the (conservative) standard language, and is often pronounced /p;ja/, but neither is collapsed with /p;a/. -- So that's the tune they play on John Cowan their fascist banjos, is it? --Great-Souled Sam


Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>