YAEPT: apparently bizarre semivowels
|From:||John Vertical <johnvertical@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 23, 2006, 19:00|
> > I agree that it's safe to say that /r/ is a semi-vowel corresponding
> > /3/.
>Nope. First of all, /r/ can mean too many things, so let's stick to
>phonetics. The sound [r] isn't a semivowel - although as a trill, I
>suppose [r] can be syllabic (anyone know of any examples of
>that?). The approximant [r\] is a semivowel, but the corresponding
>full vowel isn't , it's [r\=].
I'm talking about the _English_ phonemes, if I didn't make myself clear the
first time. [r] has naturally nothing to do with .
I admit that this analysis widens the chasm between phonemic and phonetic
structure of English (/3/ varying from [r\=] to [@r\] to [3`] to [3:] to...)
but it adds symmetry - no more of that "assorted vowels may not occur before
r" stuff, and rhotic vs. non-rhotic becomes just a question of the
realization of /3/-final difthongs.
Let's see, this gives the following vowel phonemes...
lax /I E & V Q U/
i-final difthongs /i: ei ai oi/
u-final dfT. /iu au ou u:/ (/iu/ unexpectedly being rising)
3-final dfT. /i3 e3 a3 3: o3 u3/
long monofT.s & trifT.s /A: O: iu3 / (in some 'lects also /au3 ai3/)
...Well, still asymmetric. Analyzing "ew" into /eu/ would help, but sadly
even /iu/ is a stretch already.
<yak wack rack>
/j&k w&k r&k/
<soy sow sore>
/soi sou so3/