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Re: double phonemes

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Friday, April 2, 1999, 17:20
Danny Wier <dawier@...> wrote:
> Another question. In some languages, two phonemes, usually consonants, > get placed together frequently, and are often represented by one letter. > Examples are Sanskrit /ks./ (s. =3D retroflex s) and /jn~/ (n~ =3D pala=
> n), Russian /StS/, and Greek and Latin /ks/. These are often reduced t=
> a single consonant in modern dialects. Double vowels of this sort woul=
> be diphthongs, such as Latin /ae/, /oe/. >=20 > Is there a term for this phenomenon, and what other natlang examples ar=
> there?
Well, in Noltel Lethar (the Old Speech, ancestor of Drasel=E9q), the groups /gw/ and /kw/ were probably represented by a single letter (first there were two consonants, /g/ + /w/, then a labiovelar coarticulated sound). Indeed, in Drasel=E9q the labiovelars turned into uvular (kw, gw > q, qg) and they were represented by single letters (maybe even *before* the phonetic change). The same goes for the diphthongs /ae/ and /uj/, that turned into /&/ (<=E4>) and /y/ (<=FC>). In Drasel=E9q writing, both vowels are written as modifications of <a, u> resp. --Pablo Flores * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Weiner's Law of Libraries: There are no answers, only cross-references.