Re: Voiced Velar Fricative
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 21, 2002, 20:09|
Quoting Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>:
> Thomas Wier wrote:
> >Quoting Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>:
> > > I think modern Greek has it too, but I'm not completely
> > > sure about that. If you have for instance a language where
> > > all fricatives have both a voiceless and voiced counterpart
> > > and you have /x/, you can safely add /G/
> >I think in modern Greek, [G] is an allophone, along with [x],
> >of /x/.
> Isn't gamma [G] before back vowels these days?
As John pointed out, I was wrong above. Peter Ladefoged's
page shows why:
You'll note that /xOma/ 'soil' contrasts with /GOma/ 'eraser',
so presumably the orthographic gamma does precede backvowels,
although I can't attest to its distribution generally.
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