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NATLANG: Welsh <mh, nh, ngh> and French vowels

From:Trebor Jung <treborjung@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 2:05
How do you pronounce Welsh <mh, nh, ngh>? Are they /m_0, n_0, N_0/, /m_h,
n_h, N_h/, or something entirely different? And where do all of French's
weird (in relation to other Romance languages) vowels (/y, 2, 9, O/, the
nasal vowels etc.) come from? They don't exist in other Romance languages
(except Portuguese, and that's only the nasal vowels). Wait a minute, aren't
/2, 9, y/ reduced diphthongs, and the nasal vowels just the vowel with /n/
that disappeared? So my question should be actually: Why hasn't this occured
in other Romance languages?


Joe <joe@...>
Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>