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Re: THEORY: NATLANGS: Phonology and Phonetics: Tetraphthongs, Triphthongs, Diphthongs

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 2:25
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> Which may only mean that they have acquired a new rising > diphthong /jO/...
Indeed. In my dialect, those words use /jr=/, and I'd analyze /ju/ and /jr=/ as both being diphthongs. Particularly since my dialect of English doesn't allow any other /Cj/ clusters. We say, e.g., /pij&no/ for "piano". It took me a long time to be able to pronounce clusters like /sj/ in Spanish (as in the suffix -ción), rather than saying /sij/.