|From:||Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, February 1, 2004, 23:24|
On Thursday, January 29, 2004, at 05:03 PM, Roger Mills wrote:
> Alexandre Lang wrote:
>>> OTOH [aa] will most likely involve continuous voicing in the interval
>>> between the two a's (the so-called "voiced h", or "hiatus". It's two
>>> distinct syllables. Note that that [a(H)a] is not a long a, which is
>>> the prolongation of the single vowel sound, so [a:], usually
>>> one distinct syllable.
>> Is it phonetically legal to have [aa]? i always thought it wasn't
>> possible to have 2 vowels together in a row...
> I don't see why not, _phonetically_; after all, you can have sequences
> two distinct V (cf. the Fr. name Raoul, or Span. leer, imperative lee,
> leí), so identicals must be possible too. But it's true that most
> seem to go out of their way to avoid such sequences, usually by
> various glides-- [j] after front vowels, [w] after rounded vowels, and
> ...what?... between identicals? That varies, sometimes elision,
> sometimes a
> glottal stop, sometimes what I'm calling the "voiced h". At least in
> pronuciation of "Raoul" it is 2 distinct syllables, no pause inbetween
> the a
> and the u. Similarly in Engl., it's common to pronounce "sea eagle"
> known as "ern(e)" ) as ['si(H)"ig@l] (though some might prefer a
> stop between the two vowels
One of the phonological features which distinguishes Goshute from other
Shoshoni dialects is the deletion of medial glottal stops, leaving
behind a sequence of vowels in separate syllables (and a HL pitch
contour). So Shoshoni ['mo?o] 'leg' becomes Goshute ['moo] (or more
narrowly, ['mo_H o_L]).