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(Brazilian Portuguese and Rhodrese

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Thursday, January 29, 2009, 13:45

Benct Philip Jonsson writes:
>... > final-devoicing allophone [X]! :-) No doubt that was how > Brazilian [h] came about; as a devoiced allophone of /R/.
So lets wait for French to aquire [h] again. :-) Actually, German starts to have this, but not for /R/, which is never devoiced (rather, it sometimes becomes a vowel), but the intervocalic _ch_ gets weaker and weaker. I myself sometimes pronounce with such a weak friction that it is close to /h/. E.g. _brauchen_ ['bRaU)hn=]. The shift is not complete yet, though. Note that there is no conflict with intervocalic /h/ in German, because that one is long gone (cf. last spelling reform: _rauhe_ > _raue_ etc.). **Henrik


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>