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[T] (was: My Apologies about Mysterious sounds)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 6, 2004, 6:02
On Tuesday, October 5, 2004, at 10:27 , Chris Bates wrote:

> I get English, Spanish (well, one dialect of Spanish... the rest just > pronounce it s)...
Castilian Spanish
> *thinks* what else am I missing? I know there are > lots more... Arabic has it doesn't it? I might be wrong about that one...
No, you are right - Arabic has both [T] and [D]. What else? Obviously modern Greek, with which this topic began. Icelandic, Welsh (also Cornish), Swahili, Luo (a Nilotic lang of Uganda & Kenya), Burmese.... I'm sure that's not an exhaustive list. I would be surprised, for example, if it never occurred in any of the native American langs.
> >> Ben Poplawski wrote: >> >> >>> For example, [T] is a rare sound but Greek has it. >>> >>> >> >> People say this, and it's true that it's not just everywhere. >> But I can think of half a dozen or more languages off the top of my >> head that have it. We should probably reserve the term "rare" to >> sounds like glottalized interdental affricates, or some such.
Ray =============================================== =============================================== Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight, which is not so much a twilight of the gods as of the reason." [JRRT, "English and Welsh" ]