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Re: THEORY: Th- words (was: RE: THEORY: Question: Bound Morphemes)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, July 4, 1999, 3:56
Lars Henrik Mathiesen scripsit:

> Phrase it like this: Some function words occured unstressed so often > that they got initial /D/ instead of /T/ when the phonemes 'split'.
But it's strange that initial /D/ occurs *only* in this group. Actually, /D/ has extremely low functional load: it occurs intervocalically (as it did in OE), and now also finally where final /@/ has been lost, as in "breath" [brET] vs. "breathe" [briD]; this is marked by a "long" vowel just before the /D/. My revised English orthography continues to use "th" for both. -- John Cowan I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin