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Initial /sp/ vs. /ps/ (Was: Comparison of philosophicallanguages)

From:David Barrow <davidab@...>
Date:Friday, January 24, 2003, 22:31

James Landau wrote:

> In a message dated 1/23/2003 11:47:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, > yonjuuni@EARTHLINK.NET writes: > > > >> > ¿Como el estado actual en español, especialmente? >> >> Well, in the vocabulary derived from Latin, you don't have >> word-initial >> s-stop clusters, unless there's some e-dropping that I'm unaware of. > > "The vocabulary derived from Latin"? You mean Spanish may keep the > initial s-stop in some words . . . from OTHER languages? > >> >> > I guess you're thinking of affricates when you say that. >> >> No. /ps/ isn't an affricate. /ts/ may be depending on the >> language. > > The idea I originally had of an affricate (before someone on here a > month ago wanted to classify /kp/ or /ks/ or something as an > affricate, I forget who it was) was that it conficted of a dental > plosive followed by a sibilant. That would give us /tS/ ("ch"), /dZ/ > ("j"), /ts/ or /tz/, and /dz/. > > > > while the fricative-before-stop beginning is confined to the /sk/, > >> >> > /sp/, /st/ group in longtime-English words (although Yiddish and >> > Italian give us more recent examples with "spiel", "schtick", >> > "sgraffito" and other /S/ and /z/ words). >> >> So, the prohibition on s-stop clusters is no longer active, >> apparently. >> :-) > > Maybe they'll spread around to other languages. Apparently English's > most commonly cited example of an initial prohibition, initial /s/ﴟ, > is no longer active either, now that we have "Sri Lanka".
Except when we pronounce it /S/ whatever symbol represents the English non-trilled "r". i.e " shri lanka" I find sounds like /s/, /S/, /tS/, /z/, /Z/, /dZ/ a trilled "r" very difficult to pronounce. And I trill my r's fine when I speak Spanish. Are there any languages (nat or con) that have these combinations? David Barrow