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Re: Goa'uld? and 2 other questions.

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Saturday, May 20, 2000, 4:33
>In a message dated 5/18/00 6:32:51 PM Mountain Daylight Time, >spacey@UNNATURAL.DEMON.CO.UK writes: > ><< > 2) Do any natlangs feature "stuttered" consonants in their phoneme > inventory, i.e. a consonant duplicated very quickly, but with a full > (silent) release rather than being geminated/ambisyllabic? I'm
> using a few such sounds to a new lang, but I'm doubtful about how > naturalistic they sound.>
Perhaps close to what you have in mind: In fast speech, Indonesian can delete an unstressed schwa in prefixes, so "tetangga" 'neighbor' could > t'tanga, "kekurangan" 'lack' could > k'kurangan. Probably works best with voiceless stops. The rule definitely works, even in normal speech, in the case of _s + stop_ and _stop + r/l_-- some such words, if loans with original clusters, have alternate written forms--- "setor" ~ "stor" 'to deposit (in a bank)'; but native words like "beranak" 'have children' would always be so written, even if pronounced _b'ranak_. Sounds like a neat idea, and could lead to interesting sound changes.