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Re: CHAT: Humor, inter alia

From:Josh Brandt-Young <neonwave7@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 9, 1999, 8:28
On Tue, 9 Mar 1999 01:31:19 -0600 Tom Wier <artabanos@...>

>>Finnish has IIRC voiceless >>plosives /p/, /t/, /k/ but only _one_ voiced >>plosive /d/. But it has at least two nasals /n/ >>and /m/ and I'm fairly certain (or is it too lazy >>to check :) that /N/ is also phonemic.
>I think I've read somewhere, though, that [b] and [g] occur >allophonicly. >FWIW.
My fairly in-depth studies of Finnish have never revealed the presence of [b] or [g] in *any* circumstances whatsoever in native words. [N:] is indeed phonemic, being represented by the digraph "ng." It's interesting to note that the /d/ phoneme is realized in some dialects as [D] when it has come into being as the result of consonant mutation: "uida" can become [uiDA?]. This would, then, seem to be a language with three phonemic nasals [m] [n] [N] and *no* voiced oral stops. Pretty odd. ---------- Josh Brandt-Young <neonwave7@...> "After the tempest, I behold, once more, the weasel." (Mispronunciation of Ancient Greek) ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]