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Re: Velar approximant?

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 19:58
Quoting "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...>:

> Dear CONLANG phonologists, > > Recently I've been considering again what exactly is denoted by the smooth > breathing mark on Ebisédian vowels. In the Roman orthography, the smooth > breathing is indicated by what the "tear-drop" accent, a teardrop-shaped > diacritic over the vowel. In ASCII orthography, this is indicated by a > prefixed backtick (`). For the vowels _u_, _w_, and _y_, the meaning of > this "tear-drop" accent is quite clear: > `u = [wu] > `w = [w8] > `y = [Hy] > > However, it is rather unclear what it means when applied to open vowels > like _0_ [A] or _a_ [a]. Previously, I had described it as being preceded > with a semivowelized form of the same vowel, eg., _`a_ = [a_^a]. > Recently, however, from my observation of Ebisédian pronunciation, it > seems that the sound is perhaps better described as a velar approximant. > I.e., _`a_ is really [M\a], and _`o_ is [M\o]. (Although it is unclear > whether _`o_ is really [M\o] rather than [7_^o].) > > Does anyone have a recording of [M\] so that I can confirm my findings? > :-)
Try this: AFMCL, Classical Klaish 'h' relates to /a/ much like 'j' to /i/ and 'w' to /u/ (ie, mostly by turning up next to it to prevent hiatus). Pronunciation seems to've varied - most commonly a voiced pharyngeal or glottal fricative. It generally disappears in the daughter languages, but becomes [h] initially in Telendlest and Searixina. In the former it shares this sad fate with initial /x/ and /G/. (Apparently there's a universal saying that you can't merge distinctions in onsets without also doing it in coda position, but if so someone forgot to tell Telendlest - [x] and [G] remain contrastive in codas, despite as mentioned merging as [h] in onsets.) Andreas