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CONLANG  July 2004, Week 3

CONLANG July 2004, Week 3

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Re: Russians and their palates was Re: [CONLANG] Palatalized uvular stop

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John Cowan <[log in to unmask]>

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Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 21 Jul 2004 14:47:09 -0400

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Amanda Babcock scripsit:

> It's simple.  In a word like "ob#jasnit'", where # is the hard sign
> (which means "don't palatalize this") and ' is the soft sign (which means
> "palatalize this"), the /b/ is held - swallowed almost - and the breath
> stream stops completely.  It's almost a pause.  Then the word starts
> back up with the /j/.

You're meeting an objection which wasn't made.  Outo and Trebor are skeptical
about the distinction between C'ja and Cja, as in p'at' (five) vs.
p'janyj (drunk).  The latter is rare (are there even minimal pairs)
and often merges with the former, but the distinction does exist.

--
One Word to write them all,             John Cowan <[log in to unmask]>
  One Access to find them,              http://www.reutershealth.com
One Excel to count them all,            http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
  And thus to Windows bind them.                --Mike Champion

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