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Re: Tallefkeul: tones and whatnot

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 28, 2002, 20:39
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> > And the Tairezans find [m] unpronounceable except > > when > > initial or followed by /p/ or /b/. The Yargish cheat by being > > physically > > unable to produce [m]. > > > >Hehe, the Itakians only have one nasal, /n/ and one liquid /r/ (no >lateral). >The result is that their nasal can be of any position, and assimilates very >easily ;)) .
Tairezazh is somewhat more weird in regard to nasals; there's minimal pairs for initial n- and m- (eg _nek_ "spaceport" and _mek_ "yellow"), but in all other positions there's only one nasal phoneme, the pronunciation of which depends on the surrounding sounds - the "neutral" allophone, found between to vowels, is dental. To increase confusion, all non-initial nasals are spelt |n|, even in inflected forms; _tshenek_ means "most yellow", f'rinstance.
> >And what about the Sky People, who have only one fricative /s/, which can >be >realised as [s], [z], [S] or [Z] ;)))) .
Isn't that the same state of affairs as in LANKA?
>Still, for the speakers of Maggel the cluster [fR_0] is stable ;))) . They >are >used to more complicated clusters too. What about the opposite of |a fre|: >first: |a mile| [@ mbreId]: last ;)))))
One day or another, I'm going to understand how [mbr] is easier to pronounce than [mr]. And slightly later, I'm going to start pronouncing the "p" in words like "tempt". Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Join the world’s largest e-mail service with MSN Hotmail.


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>