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Borrowing a word

From:Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 20, 2003, 23:06
How do you think a language would go about borrowing the word [xuno] when
the language doing the borrowing has no /x/ phoneme nor any /h/
either?  Actually, h does exist in *some*, but not most dialects, where it
is substituted for /?/.  In any case, there is a phonotactic constraint
that prevents the h or ? from occurring word-initially.

the phonemic inventory of the language trying to borrow [xuno] (subject to
further refinement) is:

p      t       k
p_w  t_w   k_w
b      d      g
b_w  d_w  g_w
f        v     s      z
f_w    v_w s_w  z_w
t_S  d_Z
m     n      N
m_w n_w  N_w
(r or 4)  l
j w
i  e  (a or A)  o  u



Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>
Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>