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Re: triphtong

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Friday, June 24, 2005, 14:54
Max #1 wrote:
> In my dictionnary (a French dictionnary), at the word "triphtong" > (triphtongue) it says the normal stuff: a vowel that changes two times but > they give as example the english word "fire" > > Does fire contain a triphong? probably something like /6i@/? > > Before reading this, I thought that fire were /f6j@`/ and that English > didn't contain triphtongs
As some of the replies show, "fire" is considered 2 syllables by some, perhaps many. As a noun, it's a grey area; as a verb, maybe it's 1 syl., hence a triphthong, since you can have the derivative "firing" ['faj.r\IN]. Even in Spanish, a form like "cambiáis" [kam'bjajs] (2pl. of cambiar 'to change') is dubious, since -bj- is a permissible sequence of two consonants. Similarly Engl. "yow!" or "yikes!"-- these may be triphthongs, or simply cases of CVjC-