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Re: CHAT: liaison (was: Re: CHAT: Synesthesia and conlanging (was Re: The ConlangInstinct))

From:Paul Bennett <paul.bennett@...>
Date:Thursday, December 9, 1999, 9:39
Sorry, this should have gone to the list, but Brad's "reply-to" was
filled with his own address.

Brad Coon wrote:
> > Its been years but I seem to recall that Arabic does as well.
From what I recall, what Arabic does is more like elision, that's to say that sounds at the end of words disappear at pauses in the sentence, whereas French does it the other way round, with sounds that appear when a word is not followed by a pause. But well, it may be the way I learned it, because both processes don't seem very different to me, more a matter of description than a matter of real morphological difference. But I'm not sure of it. <<<<<< What about Arabic doing all those wonderful things to <al->? ISTR the <a> assimilates to the preceding vowel (if present), and the <l> assimilates to the following consonant for certain consonants (ISTR it was all the ones romanised with capitals, but that's prolly way off). Isn't the <a>-assimilation a kind of liaison? Depending on your opinion of the "boundedness" of <al->, the <l> assimilation might be as well? ************************************************************* This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This footnote also confirms that this email message has been scanned for the presence of computer viruses. *************************************************************