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Re: Phonological questions, bunch 2

From:caotope <johnvertical@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 19, 2005, 19:06
> > The *falling* diphthongs /ie y2 uo/ derive from historical > >/e: 2: o:/. > > Falling? I pronounce 'Tuomas' something like [twOmas], i.e., the > 'o' is more prominent, so this should be a rising diphthong. > > > AFAIK *rising* difthongs do stem mostly from vowel + glide. > > ... > > Again, you mean the reverse, no? From glide + vowel? Otherwise I'd > expect the first element to be more prominent. > > **Henrik
No, I don't mean rising/falling intonation - but the vowel height. Probably an easy source of confusion... Guess I should have used the terms "opening" and "closing" instead. Also, all of our difthongs - even the three opening ones, as counterintuitive as that may seem - have falling intonation. John Vertical