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Re: "H"'s (Was: Re: aquamarine demon (was <no subject>))

From:Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>
Date:Friday, November 23, 2001, 21:54
Hi. Could be because /x/ tends to prefer (in many languages) back vowels, as
it shares more features with them. See if /xa/ and /ha/ tend to lead you to
allophony as well.
----- Original Message -----
From: "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2001 4:58 PM
Subject: "H"'s (Was: Re: aquamarine demon (was <no subject>))

> On Thu, Nov 22, 2001 at 05:18:53PM +0100, Henrik Theiling wrote: > [snip] > > > ObConlang: Needless to say, none of my conlangs have a /h/. The sound > > > spelt <h> is invariably a /x/. > > > > Really! I find it quite nice to have phonemic /h/ and /?/. Great > > consonants! Only to beat by pharyngeal and epiglottal ones! :-) > > Hmm, recently I've been noticing that the way I pronounce /x/ and /h/ are > quite (too) similar. My conlang distinguishes between /x/, /h/ and /?/, > but /xi/ and /hi/ sound a bit too alike to my ears. I was in fact thinking > of making them allophonic :-P Maybe in a descendent lang they will merge. > That should produce all kinds of interesting special cases (sorta like > Attic Greek's _ei^mi_ and eimi'_ business, really confusing). > > > T > > -- > "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems." -- P.