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Re: English {phth} (was: Hellenish oddities)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Saturday, November 25, 2000, 23:19
On Fri, 24 Nov 2000 18:15:17 -0600 Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> writes:
> Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote: > > In Danish (as in English) the official pronunciation is /sf-/, but > > (unlike English) there really aren't any word in common use where > it > > is initial.
> There aren't in English either. Sphere is the *only* word that I > know > of with an initial /sf/, which is quite odd. Not only is it the > only > case of initial /sf/, but the only case of two fricatives in an > initial.
- A friend of mine from IRC has a conlang, Vendi /vEndaj/ (very Anglic orthography), whose first-person (singular?) pronoun is _sfas_. I always liked that word, along with other words from his language - such as _atè_, /ati/ "friend". Maybe i liked the word _sfas_ because of it's simultaneous Englishness and foreignness, with that initial /sf/. -Stephen (Steg) "...tidal waves couldn't save the world from californication..." ~ red hot chili peppers, "californication"