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Re: /k/ in i.t.a.

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Saturday, November 13, 2004, 8:12
On Fri, 12 Nov 2004 18:43:50 -0500, Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:
> Yes. Are there any German words of the shape [FRONT vowel i,e,ü,ö,ä etc] > followed by the VELAR [x]?.
In some places, yes :) But that doesn't mean much, because TTBOMK, in such areas, *all* occurrences of /x/ are realised as [x] (or [X]; not sure), so we don't have a contrast.
> Conversely, are they any words of the shape > [BACK vowel u,o,a] followed by the PALATAL [C]?
Phonetically, yes (e.g., for me, |Arche| is [a:C@]), but someone (J. Mach?) explained recently that this is irrelevant because (what he gave as) the underlying phonemes does not have /a/ next to /x/, but rather, they're separated by /r/. (I believe the example given was "Monarch"; searching for that should bring up the reference.)
> It seems most likely IMO that "-chen" simply has adopted a stereotyped > pronunciation with [C] regardless of what precedes it.
*nods* Another vague argument for one phoneme is that [x] and [C] are often related by inflection, e.g. Loch-Löcher, Buch-Bücher, stechen-gestochen -- where, presumably, the shape of the word keeps a consistent set of consonant phonemes rather than swapping between a putative pair of */x/ and */C/. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>