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Re: Diphthongs (was Re: 3 q's - X-Sampa)

From:Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>
Date:Friday, February 13, 2004, 0:38
On Thu, 12 Feb 2004, M. Astrand wrote:

> >Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 20:14:30 +0100 > >From: Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> > >Subject: Re: Diphthongs (was Re: 3 q's - X-Sampa) > > > >I *think* the difference is that both halves of a > >Finnish diphthong are about equally long, whereas > >in Italian the unstressed part of the diphthong is > >much shorter. > > Do you think this has something to do with the unstressed part being > in Italian i or u, ie. something close to j and w, whereas in Finnish > it doesn't need to be a high vowel? I'm not sure what I'm getting at, > but it seems like it could mean something. Or does Italian have > diphthongs with unstressed non-high vowels?
Well, my dialect of English for one has two kinds of diphthongs... the kind like /&i/ ('long a'/hay) which is very quickly over and even though it moves from one sound to another, could be described as a single sound, and the kind like /oi/ (joy) which is much longer and the two individual parts are quite clearly. All my diphthongs end in the general area of [i] or [u\]. -- Tristan