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

From:Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Date:Sunday, February 8, 2004, 9:44
On Sat, 7 Feb 2004 23:22:46 +0200, M. Astrand <ysimiss@...> wrote:
>> What you put between the phonemic slashes // depends on how the phonemic >> system of the language is represented: you could put /ai/ or /aj/ >> depending on how that offglide patterns. For the phonetic brackets >> you'd put down whatever the actual sound is, which might be [j] or >> [I_^] (i.e., non-syllabic [I]) or whatnot. > > Are there any natural languages that make the difference, having both > /aj/ and /ai/? Or /aw/ and /au/?
I can't say for certain, but I'm pretty sure that Greek kept some kind of difference between /w/ (spelled digamma) and nonsyllabic /u/ (spelled upsilon). If only because digamma dropped in places upsilon didnt: cf. /newos/ > /neos/ "new", beside /auos/ "dry" (and not */aos/, etc. [Historically /au/ in /auos/ had an /s/ after it, but this was > /h/ and long gone before digamma fell, wasnt it?] *Muke! -- E jer savne zarjé mas ne Se imné koone'f metha Brissve mé kolé adâ.


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>