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From:Ed Heil <edheil@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 27, 1999, 22:08
You're very right -- my bad.  I think I may have meant that it only
appears *word-initially* in that class of words (the, there, then,
this...  I can't think of anything that isn't demosntrative-like with
a word-initial [D], can you?)  Silly me.


Thomas R. Wier wrote:

> Ed Heil wrote: > > > Then again, there's English, where the phoneme /D/ appears prety much > > only in demonstratives and the definite pronoun. > > What? There's a whole raft of words that make some > derivation based (sometimes just in part) based on the > voicing of [T] to [D]: > > wreath [riT] : (to) wreathe [riD] > breath [brET] : (to) breathe [briD] > heath [hiT] : heath(en) [hiD@n] > loath [louT] : (to) loathe [louD] > > And then then there was some rule way back when that > changed (in one particular dialect of Southern British > English) all -[dEr] to -[DEr], among which: "father", "gather" > (and thus "together"), "rather", "smather" (I think). > > And even then, there are plenty of other words, like "there", > "then", "bequeath", etc. > > But you're right insofar as it's not very productive as phonemes go. > > ======================================================= > Tom Wier <artabanos@...> > ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom > Website: <> > "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." > > Denn wo Begriffe fehlen, > Da stellt ein Wort zur rechten Zeit sich ein. > -- Mephistopheles, in Goethe's _Faust_ > ======================================================== >