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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 > borrowed > 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 > clicks > 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 > all.
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 > clicks > 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 ;))) . Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


Tristan <kesuari@...>