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Russian soft/hard 'l' minimal pairs (was: glottals)

From:Pavel Iosad <edricson@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 17:26

Re ugol-ugol':

> Isn't it a question of stress, like in zAmok / zamOk ?
No, of course not. There are more examples where the two contrast: _dal'_ 'vista; faraway place' / _dal_ '(a masculine) gave'. _padal'_ 'carrion' / _padal_ '(a masculine) fell' (or 'was falling', imperfective you know), _zhal'_ '(what a) pity' / _zhal_ 'squeezed' or 'stings (, _vral'_ 'liar' / _vral_ '(he) lied', _final'_ 'final (of a syllable) / _final_ 'final (in sport etc.)', _stal'_ 'steel' / _stal_ '(he) became'. Et cetera. There are many more, and Im sure there are word-medial ones., just can't think of any. Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Nid byd, byd heb wybodaeth --Welsh saying