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CONLANG  August 2017, Week 5

CONLANG August 2017, Week 5

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Re: Why doesn't English permit tl or dl as true consonant combinations?

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Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]>

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Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:14:59 -0700

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My theory, FWIW: Like most features in most naturals languages, the answer
is "just because."

--gary

On Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 1:38 PM, Matthew George <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Working on my conlang, I've been slowly gaining insight into why languages
> possess or lack certain features, and that's given me a whole new
> appreciation for my native language.  There are still some points on which
> I'm confused as to why certain restrictions might exist.
>
> For example, the combination of a stop followed by an approximant is really
> common, but there's to my mind a very peculiar gap.  'r' can be combined
> freely, but 'l' doesn't follow the alveolar stops as far as I can tell.
> All the instances of what at first appears to be that really has a vocalic
> 'l' - as in 'riddle' or 'little'.  'pl' exists, as in 'plan', 'kl' as in
> 'clock', 'bl' and 'gl' as in 'blue' and 'glue'.  But 'tl' and 'dl' aren't
> permitted.  It's possible to articulate those combinations,  I find it
> rather easier than the alveolar lateral fricative, which 'tl' is sometimes
> used to indicate.
>
> What reason, if any, is there for that restriction?
>
> Matt G.
>

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