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Re: Pharyngeal glides (was: Tetraphthongs, Triphthongs, Dipht...)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Saturday, May 27, 2006, 18:19
Quoting John Vertical <johnvertical@...>:

> > > And now for a new sub-topic. Do any languages have overtly pharyngeal > > > glides? That is, akin to the vocalization of German final /R/ (which > >could > > > be seen as a uvular glide), are there languages where there would be > >reason > > > to analyze /?\/ rather than non-syllabic /a/ or /A/?? > > > >Classical Klaish, a conlang of mine, has a phoneme that is realized as [h\] > >or > >[?\] and corresponds to /a/ as /j/ to /i/ and /w/ to /u/. > > > >It mostly goes to zero in descendant langs, but >[h] initially in Telenian > >and > >Searixina. > > > > Andreas > > Excellent! Do these semivowels also happen act glide-like? ie. can they eg. > cluster more freely than other consonants, while messing up vowel evolution?
Never thought about it in that way before, but I suppose they count as vowels for the purposes of consonsant clustering. Classical Klaish doesn't allow more than two "real" consonants in a row (within the same word), but you do get things like _kanzjama_, which one then might want to analyze as / The sound also turns up to break up hiatic 'aa', eg in _kanzjamahâ_ [kan'\a:], gentive of the above. The word, incidentally, means "lover, mistress". Andreas