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Re: CHAT: TRANS: something slightly more deep (was: TRANS: flutes)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, February 10, 2000, 22:54
Roger Mills wrote:
> Sound system: > Vl. stops p t c k > Vd. prenas. stops mb nd nj Ng("ng") medial only
Interesting. Does {c} represent the palatal stop or is it like English "ch", and same with nj, does the j represent palatal stop or /dZ/? Interesting that voiced stops exist only after nasals. They are considered as single consonants, I take it?
> Semivow/resonants v r l y
So, {v} is pronounced as in Latin, that is, as an English {w}?
> Main morphophonemics to note: "Hardening", whereby nasal+fric > stop, nasal + > stop or nasal+nasal > Nasalized stop. And many Cons+r combos result from > metathesis, as in "amakrale" < /amar+kale/.
Cool. Clarify something for me, please - would nf become p? What about np, would that become mb? Would nm become mb? The nasal+nasal -> nasalized stop makes me wonder if an earlier stage had voiced stops, but they became nasals when intervocalic. What happens when you get a form like s or l followed by a consonant? -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson 24 Wakalláf watyánivaf plal 273 ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor