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Danish, English _g_ shifts (was Chinese Dialect Question)

From:Pavel Iosad <edricson@...>
Date:Saturday, October 4, 2003, 17:49

Isidora, on Danish:
> I could just swear that /d/ doesn't become a real [D]. It sounds an > *awful* lot like one, but I don't think that it's truly > interdental;[...]
The overview of Danish that I have on hand claims it's a 'vocoid', which seems to say it's an approximant.
> I'm trying to think of a word with a post-vocalic /b/ so that > I can hear what you wrote about it becoming [w].
Videnskab. Debat.
> (OTOH, I am quite familiar with the > slightly bizarre phenomenon of Danish /g/ --> [w] or [j]. > It's astonishing > that that consonant can turn into either of the glides, but it most > certainly does.
English did that as well, of course - g > [G_j] > j / _V [+front] - so _eage_ > _eye_, Swedish _öga_, *_gard_ > _geard_ > _yard_, Sw. _gård_. Also, g > [G] > w / V_V [- front], so English _own_, Sw. _egen_ (don't remember the Old English). Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Nid byd, byd heb wybodaeth --Welsh saying


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