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Re: English sounds `v' and `w'

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Thursday, September 23, 2004, 9:56
J. 'Mach' Wust wrote:

>On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 14:44:08 +0100, Chris Bates ><chris.maths_student@...> wrote: > > > >>This might be a bad suggestion, but if you're trying to get w right you >>might try pronouncing /u/ (I assume hindi has this sound?) and then >>shortening it as much as possible... in some languages (the romance >>languages spring to mind), u has become similar to an english w in some >>positions in words, and if I try pronouncing /uest/ for west and then >>shortening the /u/ as much as possible it gets to the point where it >>sounds almost exactly like west is normally pronounced to me. :) >> >> > >I've always thought that [w] is the same as [u_ˆ] (unsyllabic [u]) and [j] >the same as [i_ˆ], the choice depending rather on phonemic considerations. > >
That's because it is. Apparently, though, historically, it was the other way round: IE. *[u] is *[w=], and *[i] is *[j=].