[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)...
> *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].
Obviously modern Greek, with which this topic began.
Icelandic, Welsh (also Cornish), Swahili, Luo (a Nilotic lang of Uganda &
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.
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" ]