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_w_ yn y Gymraeg (yr oedd Irregularality in languages)

From:Pavel Iosad <edricson@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 21:30

> Does Welsh really preserve [w]? I gathered |w|[u] is never a true > consonant, but part of a dipthong.
Well, yes, that was a bit stretched. Phonologically, however, it is I think quite safe to describe _gwlad_ as /gw"lAd/ rather than /g_w"lAd/ (because then the description of the [@r "w_lAd] - or how do you transcribe the 'pre-labialized' sound? - is too complicated). Also, there are things like _cydweddu_ (_we_ is not a phonological diphthong), and various _w_'s in compounds, some in them with no _gw-_ counterpart, where they are non-syllabic. Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Is mall a mharcaicheas am fear a bheachdaicheas --Scottish proverb


Joe <joe@...>
Dan Jones <devobratus@...>