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Re: Dropping Q and C (was: Some isolating verb patterns)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 19, 2005, 20:22
Quoting Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>:

> On Jan 19, 2005, at 9:08 PM, Andreas Johansson wrote: > > Quoting Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>: > >> Your memory is spot on! I should have added /D/ to the list of sounds > >> that > >> natlangs represent with |c| besides the original /k/ (also /g/ in > >> early > >> Latin spelling). I now make that list: > >> [c], [s], [ts], [tS], [dZ], [T], [D], [|\] > >> Any others in natlangs? > > > I Somali girl I met spelt the name of her hometown as |Galkacyo|, > > which she near > > as I could tell at the time pronunced as [galkaja]. My map spells it > > |Galka'yo|. > > I suppose this means that there's a transliteration scheme using |c| > > for a glottal stop, a sound I have always found hard to register. > > Could it have been an _`ayn_ /?\/ instead? > Most transliterations schemes for Semitic languages seem to use > something that can look like a beginning single quote, or a superscript > "c", to represent `ayin.
That's probably it - on closer inspection, my atlas actually writes |Galka`yo| (that's a grave accent hovering between the 'a' and the 'y'). It seems more remarkable I should entirely fail to hear an [?\] than a [?], but it's certainly possible, and for all I know the sound may drop in her dialect or something. That'd still give an extra use of |c| in a natlang. (*Her* glyph certainly was a bog normal |c|.) Andreas


Tim May <butsuri@...>Somali C