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Re: a "natural language" ?

From:Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>
Date:Monday, November 29, 2004, 18:38
 --- Matt Arriola <azathoth500@...> skrev:
> That's part of it, but mostly sandhi is when a word > changes because of its surroundings. Like in Arabic, > the l in the article "al" can be absorbed if the > first letter of the word it goes to begins with a > certain letter. And as already mentioned, the tone > of a word can change because of the words > surrounding it. That's sandhi.
English has a few examples of sandhi. Examples from my dialect, right off-hand: /did you/ ["dI.dZ@] /would you/ ["wU.dZ@] /can't you/ ["k&n.tS@] The [j] in /you/ palatalizes the final alveolar plosive in the preceding word to a postalveolar affricate, except when spoken slowly or carefully. This is pretty much standard in America [*], though I'm not entirely sure if it exists in other dialect areas of English. Sanskrit is notorious for its complicated sandhi, hence the term 'sandhi' being a Sanskrit word. [*] An _extreme_ example of sandhi coupled with haplology and vowel deletion is the stereotypical Southern 'jeet yet' ["dZit.jEt] for 'did you eat yet'. It's become a sort of shibboleth for the 'redneck' subculture around here. Most people would pronounce the phrase as [,dI.dZu."it.jEt] or more informally, [dZu."it.jEt].