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Re: Name barbarisms

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 6:21
On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 09:48:20PM +0200, BP Jonsson wrote:
> At 20:44 2001-05-14 +0200, Henrik Theiling wrote: > > >Hmm, my Icelandic book says it should be /pj2t_nn_0/. Which one > >is correct then? > > It is a matter of different transcriptions of the Icelandic initial > voiceless unaspirated stops. Since the lack of aspiration is more crucial > than the lack of voicing most speakers of other Germanic languages would be > best off pronouncing these sounds voiced. The same goes for final _f, ð, > g_. Thus quoth my Icelandic Icelandic teacher.
So (forgive me if it's been asked a thousand times before), is the distinction in Icelandic mainly aspirated/unaspirated? Or tense/lax? -- Eric Christopherson / *Aiworegs Ghristobhorosyo


Bjorn Kristinsson <bjornkri@...>Woody or tinny?
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