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Re: II Silindion Returns! (Longish)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, March 14, 2003, 10:01
En réponse à Elliott Lash <erelion12@...>:

> > Done and done :) I like that better, and yes it does > make more sense. >
Hehe, glad to be of some help :) .
> > One question then, would it make sense for T and p\ to > become revoiced and defricativized at anytime?
Revoiced yes, especially medially (they may even never had a voiceless stage medially). As for defricativisation, it's rare, but not impossible I'd guess. Maybe through an affricate stage...
> > Mabye: > tw > kw dw > nw > pw > kw bw > mw > kw > kw gw > Nw > > later on changing in other nefarious ways. The thing > is, there needs to be a medial /nw/ somewhere down the > line but then again there's no /mw/ or /Nw/ medially, > so those would have had to change... I suppose /nw/ > could be a cluster rather than a unit...which would > help things. >
Yep. Nasality is usually not something to pop up spontaneously. Maybe if you have /ndw/ sequences or something like that?
> > Could it be that prenasals weren't a class of sounds > then? Since I only really need /nd/, /Nk/ and /Ng/ in > Silinestic, maybe they were just clusters? >
That could be an explanation indeed.
> > It makes sense...and there's no daughter language of > Silinestic which doesn't treat /bh/ and /b/ > differently anyways, so.... /bh/ goes to /b/ done. :) >
OK :)) .
> > Do the proposed answers to your questions work better?
Mostly yes I'd say. But I'm not a specialist in diachronic phonetics, so maybe someone more in the know could have another view on that :) . Christophe. It takes a straight mind to create a twisted conlang.