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Re: CHAT reformed Gaelic

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, December 11, 2003, 3:35
On Monday, December 8, 2003, at 05:54 PM, Thomas Leigh wrote:

> Sgrìobh Stephen Mulraney: > >>> BTW I do disagree with JRRT over Gaelic - I find it one of >>> the more pleasant sounding languages. > > What did JRRT say about Gaelic?
I don't recall the precise words, but 'twas to the effect the language was harsh & ugly. [snip]
> Actually, the voiceless unaspirated stops [p t k] do often > become voiced following a nasal, e.g. |bata| [paht@] but |am > bata| [@m baht@]. This likewise varies from dialect to dialect; > in some dialects even the voiceless aspirated stops become > voiced after a nasal (e.g. |cat| [kaht], |an cat| [@N gaht]), > and in Lewis the stop becomes assimilated to the nasal but the > aspiration remains, producing a set of sound changes more or > less identical to the Welsh soft mutation (e.g. |am bata| > [@maht@], |an cat| [@Nhaht])!
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