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Re: Paucity of Phonemes (was Re: Thagojian phonology...

From:Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
Date:Monday, February 28, 2000, 11:29
And Rosta wrote:
> >Pace Tom Weir, It has been plausibly that English /r/ is the consonantal >version of /@/, at least for nonrhotic accents. This explains why in >nonrhotic accents, before a vowel /j/ and /w/ are inserted after high vowels >and /e/ and /o/ in accents with those, and /r/ is inserted after the >rest (linking/intrusive R). In Livagian too /r/ and /@/ can be argued to >be the same phoneme, since the allophonic range of /r/ is a subset of >the allophonic range of /@/.
All the vowels of Proto-Boreanesian can be argued to be vocalic versions of the 4 POAs. Roughly: POA VOWEL labial */u/ apical */@<rhotic>/ laminal */i/ dorsal */@/ *(/a/) -kristian- 8)