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Re: Tallefkeul: tones and whatnot

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Thursday, August 29, 2002, 17:38
Thomas R. Wier sikyal:

> > --- In conlang@y..., Andreas Johansson <and_yo@H...> wrote: > > > > > One day or another, I'm going to understand how [mbr] is easier to > > > pronounce than [mr]. > > Some recent work I've seen on cross-syllabic clusters in Altaic > languages seems to indicate that there is a marked tendency for > there to be a large gap on the sonority scale between the coda > and the following onset. [m] and [r] are close to one another > on the sonority scale, and therefore inserting a [b], very low in > sonority, would increase the sonority contour. (I think this all > results from Obligatory Contour Principle.)
Eh? I thought that the Obligatory Contour Principle was the principle that forbade identical adjacent tones at the tone tier in underlying representations. What you're talking about is something else that I can't remember either right now--Optimal Sonority Curve, or something like that. Perhaps I'm misremembering, though. Jesse S. Bangs "If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time." --G.K. Chesterton


Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>