On Thu, 21 Sep 2000, Nik Taylor wrote: >Padraic Brown wrote: >> Except that the s of estrecho _is_ syllable final: es-tre-cho (if I >> remember right)! > >Exactly, which was my point. It would give the same result as the rule >referred to earlier, but just in a tidier, and, I would think, more >plausible way. Huh? But "s" wasn't lost _except_ in the word front clusters esC-; which is why I formulated the rule in this way: >> But tesorero, carros, etc. Like "S remains unchanged except when >> found >> in initial clusters (i.e. esC-), where it originally became H, then >> dropped out." > >How about just, /s/ is lost in syllable-final position? This would get rid of _all_ esses in syllable final position, right? I though Barry only wanted to get rid of esses in one position. Thus he'd have el etrecho / los etrechos (rather than el etrecho / lo etrecho). I see I should not have estrecho in my own example, as that's an ess he wants to be rid of. I should have used tesorero, which would become teorero with your rule, I believe. Confused, Padraic.