Re: Stress and vowel reduction in Lindiga
|From:||Herman Miller <hmiller@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, May 24, 2008, 2:16|
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> On 2008-05-23 Herman Miller wrote:
> > i̯-ˈa-kʉ̯-i -> [ˈjaɡɥi]
> > According to the current phonology description
> > (which hasn't been updated on the web page for
> > quite a while, so the web page is inaccurate),
> > the "k" in "iaki" should be voiceless. But if
> > the "ʉ̯-" is acting as a voiced consonant,
> > like "l" or "r", that would explain the voicing.
> I wouldn't expect semivowels to qualify as
> consonants for purposes of consonant voicing
> assimilation, but intervocalic voicing of stops
> seems as likely if the lang has no phonemic
> voiced stops.
Stops in general aren't voiced between vowels, e.g. nako "forest"
[ˈnakɔ], not *[ˈnaɡɔ]. The modern language has no phonemic voicing
contrast, although I'm considering the possibility that former voiced
consonants have merged with the fricatives.
Actually there's one anomalous word "ritu" (bat, or a small bat-like
flying dragon), pronounced [ˈriːðu] -- which led to the rule that stops
remain voiceless after short stressed syllables, but are voiced after
> Also I'd expect [j] or [H] to palatalize preceding
> velars and coronals, so [jaJ\Hi]. I always digged
> the fact that the name of the language Twi is
> pronounced [tSHi]!
That seems likely -- I'm sure that in some versions of Lindiga the /k/