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Re: Tallefkeul: tones and whatnot

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Thursday, August 29, 2002, 17:18
Quoting Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>:

> --- 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.)
> > And slightly later, I'm going to start pronouncing the "p" in > > words like "tempt". > > That kind of epenthetic consonant doesn't happen in Jovian, though. > Even if the two consonants are already present in the Latin form > (e.g. impetus), the Jovian form will have only one: |iontu| /"int@/ > "impetus; drive; onslaught".
Does it not happen because there aren't any circumstances where it would likely happen, or does it not happen even in those cases? ========================================================================= Thomas Wier Dept. of Linguistics "Nihil magis praestandum est quam ne pecorum ritu University of Chicago sequamur antecedentium gregem, pergentes non qua 1010 E. 59th Street eundum est, sed qua itur." -- Seneca Chicago, IL 60637


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