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Re: Representing Boreanesian (was: Re: quantity triggered vs.

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, December 12, 1998, 2:16
Eric Christopherson wrote:
> I speak Midwestern (Wisconsin) US English. I guess I should amend my > statement; I meant they start with [?] when they stand alone or at the > beginning of saying something (is that called a 'breath group?')
Ah, then I'm the same. If I say "apple" by itself, there's a glottal stop, /?&pl=/, in fact, it's very difficult _not_ to have a glottal stop there, but if it's preceded by something, such as "the", it may or may not have a glottal stop, most commonly, if "the" is stressed, so that it's pronounced /Di/, then there's no glottal stop (/Di &pl=/), but when unstressed, the glottal stop is common (/D@ ?&pl=/), I suspect that the glottal stop there prevents an elision of the schwa, i.e. */D&pl=/. -- "Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." -- Joseph Wood Krutch ICQ #: 18656696 AOL screen-name: NikTailor