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Re: Origin of Spanich /ch/ and /j/

From:Muke Tever <mktvr@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 26, 2002, 12:12
From: "Isaac A. Penzev" <isaacp@...>
> As for /j/. I know it hides several Old Spanish phonemes: /S/, /Z/, /dZ/. I > can fugure somehow that in e.g. _dije_ it was /S/ comparing with Portuguese: > dije < *dixe ["diSe] < *dissi < *dixit. But what on earth made /L/ turn into > jota? What stages had the process? I'm comparing Sp. _ojo_ to Po. _olho_ and > VL _oclu_ and get lost in doubts...
Well, in *Modern* Spanish /L/ is often heard as [Z], so... Whether this is delateralization of /L/ or just the approximation of it to /j/ (/j/ also can be [Z]... well, [j\] actually, for both of these)