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THEORY; Allophones

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 6, 1999, 2:47
On Mon, 5 Apr 1999 20:53:14 -0300 FFlores <fflores@...> writes:
>Is there any natlang or conlang where an allophone >of a certain phoneme is also an allophone (maybe the >only one) of *another* phoneme? Do you think that's >likely or probable?
>--Pablo Flores
In natlangs, Hebrew has some. In most dialects, _bet_ without a dagesh is pronounced [v], the same as the letter _vav_. Ashkenazic pronounciation has the dageshless _tav_ ("saf"), and the letters _samekh_ and _ssin_ all as [s]. All Hebrew dialects today have [s] for both _samekh_ and's unclear what the _ssin_ originally was. Israeli and Ashkenazic dialects have [x] for _hhet_ and dageshless _kaf_, and [k] for _quf_ and _kaf_ with a dagesh. In conlangs, Rokbeigalmki doesn't really have *allophones* like this, but the letters /dZ/ and /z/ both 'soften' to /Z/, so that _wajh_ "settler" and _wazh_ "doer" are both pronounced [waZ]. Talking about which, today i spent a lot of time fixing up the Rokbeigalmki-Ziifer font i have on my computer. I tried to make a font with every letter plain, tilde'd, smitchik'd, and accent'd, but for some reason it messed up. And the Keyboard Manager program i have and was going to use to make 'macros' for each diacritic'd letter could only read the first 255 characters anyway. ohwell. -Stephen (Steg) "i must confess that my loneliness is killing me now, don't you know i still believe?" ___________________________________________________________________ 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]