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From:Henrik Theiling <ht@...>
Date:Sunday, January 13, 2008, 23:24

Yesterday I was wondering what interesting stuff could happen to an
/y/ phoneme?  Same question about the lax variant /Y/.

The only (boring) thing I could come up with was /y/ > /i/ unrounding
as seen in so many languages (German dialects, Icelandic, Greek,
Kreyol Ayisyen, to name only a few).

This question came up when I thought about sound shifts where
labialisation spreads to vowels, e.g. when German 'schlimm' is
pronounced [SlYm] (instead of [SlIm]) or 'bischen' like ['bYSn=]
(instead of [bIsC@n]).  So with [I] > [Y], a shift to [I] is really
boring, so I was searching for something else for additional



T. A. McLeay <conlang@...>
ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>