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Re: Putting the J in Sleep

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Friday, November 12, 2004, 16:27
Andreas Johansson scripsit:

> > In Samoan [t] and [k] are "free" allophones of one phoneme. > > The choice between them depends on perceived social intimacy > > or distance between interlocutors. Historically there was a > > sound change -- I don't remember in what direction -- which > > got frozen and re-deployed halfway. > > I'll hazard this was the [t]>[k] change that affected much of Polynesian.
Indeed it is. It's written "t". When I was there in 1969 or so, I asked a Samoan about it: he explained that [t] was mostly used when talking to chiefs and much older people. By now I wouldn't be too surprised if [t] were entirely lost. -- "There is no real going back. Though I John Cowan may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?" --Frodo