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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. > Any > ideas? >
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? Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>Historical realism and prenasalized stops