On Wed, 20 Sep 2000, Nik Taylor wrote:

>Padraic Brown wrote:
>> 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?

Except that the s of estrecho _is_ syllable final: es-tre-cho (if I
remember right)! It's certainly syllable final in carros.


> Altho that
>would also cause it to be lost in carros.  Perhaps something similar to
>what's happened in Andalusian (I think that's the one), /os/ = [Os] ->
>[Oh] -> [O], creating a phonemic distinction between /o/ and /O/, as
>well as between /e/ and /E/, and between /A/ and /a/ ([A] having been
>used in open syllables, [a] in closed), thus the plural is formed by
>changing the last vowel, /e/ -> /E/, /o/ -> /O/, /A/ -> /a/, with /E/
>added to consonant-final words.
>> I've heard Spanish speakers do all sorts of wierd things with nasals
>Some dialects have [N] for word-final nasals, I've read.
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