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Re: Slaying the monster

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, August 2, 2002, 6:43
En réponse à Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>:

> |gdhmabgis| 9 letters > [dvE:Iz] 6 phonemes > > My guess: > gd = d (with the g acting like the h in Hindi |dh|) > > hm = v (I think h beginning a digraph has a funky > function-- I just think of /m/ and /v/ both being at > the front of the mouth, so maybe the |h| opens the > lips while keeping the teeth in place...?) > > a = E > > bg = : (not sure what : means, and the bg come the > closest in the word to being "garbage" letters) > > i = I > > s = Z > > Am I close?
Well, not really, though you have two out of the six propositions right :)) . And indeed, preposed |h| has a funky function. Actually, its function is rather impossible to predict, contrary to postposed |h| which simply palatalises previous consonants and adds a [I]-glide to a previous vowel. To give you examples, |hn| is [z], |hg| is [M\] (velar approximant), |hl| is [L\] (velar lateral approximant), |ht| is [C] and [hd] (like |hj|) is [G]!!! Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.