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