Re: Putting the J in Sleep
|From:||Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Friday, November 12, 2004, 8:34|
Steg Belsky wrote:
> On Nov 10, 2004, at 5:46 PM, Arnt Richard Johansen wrote:
>> On Wed, 10 Nov 2004, Steg Belsky wrote:
>>> So, has anyone ever come up with a conlang where the pronunciation of
>>> individual phonemes varies by some seemingly-arbitrary variable, like
>>> the time of day? Or the dominant color of the speaker's surroundings?
>>> Or what the speaker ate for lunch? Or...?
>> In Chukchi, a possible language isolate spoken in Chokotka in Eastern
>> Siberia, the phoneme /k/ is pronounced differently depending on whether
>> the speaker is male or female.
> But for the vast majority of people, their gender/sex remains constant
> for their lifetime. I'm talking about variable variables, things that
> are constantly changing based on environment or whatever else. Like,
> for instance, if it's sunny you pronounce a word /gola/ but then if the
> sun disappears behind a cloud the word gets pronounced /doru/, or
> whatever :)
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.
Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se
Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant!