Historical realis m and prenasalized stops
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, October 6, 2002, 12:45|
En réponse à David Peterson <DigitalScream@...>:
> The problem will come when other things get in the way. So, the coda
> consonants that are allowed are /j/, /w/, /n/ and /l/. The first two
> trigger diphthongs, and the second nasalization. The fourth, though...
> That'll be tough. I haven't decided how to resolve tough medial
> combinations like /VlmbV/ or /VlndV/, or anything. That's a toughie.
I have various ideas actually ;)) . The first one is to get a syllable more by
having the nasal syllabic. Thus /VlmbV/ would be pronounced [Vlm=bV]. Various
languages do such kind of things to break difficult clusters (it may not be
make a consonant syllabic. It may be simply adding a schwa, like it's often
done in Irish Gaelic and Dutch). A second possibility would be the loss of the
nasal. Thus /VlmbV/ would become [VlbV]. Or you could lose the liquid instead,
and get [VmbV] or [V~mbV]. The nasal would stay, which would allow to
differentiate /VmbV/ from /VlmbV/. Finally, postvocalic [l] often vocalises to
[w] (it happened in French, Polish, etc...). So maybe in this position /l/
could behave like /w/.
Anyway, that's just a few ideas. What do you think of them?
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