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Re: CONLANG Digest - 8 May

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, May 11, 2000, 22:26
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> What I find strange is that > you have no problem with affricates like /tS/ and /dZ/, but you cannot > handle affricates like /ts/ and /dz/
*I* can handle those without problem. But English HAS /tS/ and /dZ/, so they come naturally for English-Speakers, but /ts/ and /dz/ don't exist, except at morpheme or syllable boundaries (like cat-s or cat.sup). So, to pronounce an affricate which doesn't exist in English takes some effort, not much, but most people seem to be too lazy to try. *shrug*
> (or even /gz/ like Xena /Zina/ that we pronounce in French /gzena/).
Hmm, I sometimes use /ks/ for initial X, which is usually /z/, but not /gz/. -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor