Re: Bisyllabic or Disyllabic?
|From:||daniel andreasson <daniel.andreasson@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, August 10, 2000, 16:19|
I believe this message from Tom Wier was intended for the
entire list so I'm forwarding it. / Daniel
daniel andreasson wrote:
> H. S. Teoh wrote:
> > LOL!! "biphthong" sounds funny, indeed. Almost sounds like a pun on
> > "beef-thong"...
> Now that would be a sight! A big guy called Biff
> wearing a thong. Arrgghs!!! :)
> Better go for *di*syllabic then, you guys!
> > Though I wonder, are there such things as triphthongs?
> I know they have them on Gotland, an island off the Swedish eastcoast.
> Can't provide you with any actual examples but it sounds a bit like
> /geaUd/ (to make something up) or something, where all the vowels
> form a single syllable.
Indeed. Although typologically not as common as V or VV nuclei,
they do show up somewhat frequently. Old French <beau> was
just such a triphthong, and some interpret the combinations in English
words like <fire> as them also. (This last varies by dialect, however.)
Tom Wier | "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero."