Re: kinsi rorotan: dialects and script
|From:||David Peterson <digitalscream@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 15, 2002, 3:05|
<</k/ is pronounced [C] before /i/, /y/, and /u/, and [k] before
/a/, /e/, and /o/.>>
Wow. How did that happen? /k/ > [C] / _[u] seems like an unlikely sound
change to me. Did [u] have some sort of an on-glide change beforehand?
I mean, the change is explicable, in that /k/ > [C] / _V [+high], but I just
can't see why that would ever happen for [u], and not, say, for [e]. [C] is
essentially the unvoiced, fricative version of [i], which is why things
palatalization and /h/ > [C] / _[i] happen. And if you wanted to go further
along the scale, the voiceless stop version of [i] is [c]. Going to [u],
though, the stop version is [k]. What I mean is...
[i] > [j] > [J\]* > [C] > [c]
[u] > [w] > [G]** > [x]** > [k]**
*Is this the SAMPA for a voiced, palatal fricative?
**Technically, these last three should be labialized, too.
Anyway, the way I think about it, palatalization, or palatal-related changes
become less likely the further away they get from [i]. So, [i] is highly
like, [y] is likely, [I] and [Y] aren't unusual, and neither is [e], [E] and
[i-] are kind of getting questionable,  is highly questionable, and then
when you get out to [u-], [@] and [&], it's becoming more and more
unlikely--though [&] is the most likely of the three, I think. So frontness
matters more than height, I'd think. Or were you shooting for
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