Re: THEORY: clicks
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 7, 2002, 11:40|
En réponse à John Cowan <jcowan@...>:
> As I noted, Xhosa isn't Khoi-San: it's a Bantu language that has
> clicks from the Khoi-San languages.
Yep, I realised my mistake only after sending the message, and you had already
sent yours so I found it unnecessary to send a correction.
> On the contrary. What possible phonological process could generate
> from any other sound? We more or less understand how implosives and
> ejectives form, but clicks??? The surprising thing is not that some
> languages borrow clicks, but that there are any click languages at
And how do we explain how they got there in the first place? ;))
> As it is, if the Khoi-San had died out, we would be proclaiming that
> in ordinary morphemes (that is, excluding kissy noises and horse-talk)
> were a violation of Universal Grammar.
True. Just like if it weren't for Malagasy we would proclaim OSV word order to
be against universals ;))) .
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