|From:||Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>|
|Date:||Friday, November 12, 2004, 4:15|
I found an old msg. of Trebor Jung's concerning this terminology, which was
never properly answered, and got to wondering:
Are things like [aj] [oj] [iw] etc. (Vowel +glide) called "falling
diphthongs"? I believe they are.
Converserly, then, [ja] [jo] [we] are called "rising" diphthongs, I believe.
AIUI, it's the Vowel > glide vs glide > vowel makeup that's the determining
factor, rather than the articulatory positions of the vowel/glide
components. One could, after all, envision diphthongs with _central/low_
glides-- [i_@, @_o]; Thai IIRC has diphthongs like [1_a] (high central V +
What say you all? In particular, what says Trask's Dictionary, or the other
one that's often cited (whose author I disremember).