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Syllable-Initial /N/

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 1, 2003, 7:32
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> Well, it all depends on whether you want to go for exoticness (from a European > point of view) or not. If so, take [N] (your NG) and allow it at the beginning > of syllables :)) . If not, [w] will do :)) .
Ivetsian, a descendant of Uatakassi, has lots of syllable-initial /N/, because of a sound change that caused /g/ to become /N/ in most environments. I haven't figured out exactly which environments, or what happened to the other instances of /g/ if there are restrictions. I do know that /g/ does not exist in Ivetsian (altho [g] may well exist as an allophone of /k/). /N/ in non-English positions can be fun. :-) It's a great way to make an alien-sounding word without hard sounds. :-) Like, take gazh (/NaZ/), the word for "world" in Ivetsian. /gl/ became /dl/ which in turn became /dK\/ -> /K\/ (that's voiced lateral fricative if I got the symbol wrong) -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42


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