phonaesthetics & JRRT (was: Fave Conlangs + The beautifulest
|From:||Talpas Tim <tim@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 27, 2002, 15:46|
# Raymond Brown wrote:
# > I understand retroflex do occur in the Scandinavian
# >langs, but they not exactly well known outside that area.
# They do occur phonetically, but are usually phonemically interpreted as
# /r/+dental. Execpt, of course, /r/ itself, which in many (most, I think)
# 'lects realized as a retroflex trill, fricative, or approximant (uvular
# variants are common in southern Scandinavia).
# >And where, pray,
# >do clicks and voiceless nasals figure in these languages?
# Icelandic has voiceless nasals, IIRC.
It seems to me so, but similar to /r/+dental you described above being
realized as retroflex, I think voiceless nasals in Icelandic arise from
nasal + unvoiced consonant, such as /mp/ and /nt/ and /nk/ sequences.
Also I think in words like "nafn" (name) and "vatn" (water), where the nasal
occurs word finally after a voiceless consonant.