John Cowan: > On Wed, 25 Oct 2000, Kristian Jensen wrote: > > > Since there is already a tendency for some dialects to replace > > syllable-final <s> with an <h>, I thought of replacing it altogether by some > > kind of cue in the phonation in the vowel (perhaps breathy voice), or maybe > > even tone. > > The dialects which totally drop /s/ in the coda usually replace it > with fronting: 'la casa' /lakasa/ 'las casas' /l&kas&/. Likewise > e > E and o > 0. Cool fact. How trustworthy/well-documented is it? It's as though final /h/ (from /s/) transmogrifies into an autosegment that triggers ATR-ish harmony (with stressed vowels immune?), which suggests that H-ness and ATR-ness are phonologically the same thing. Fascinating. If anybody can tell me of any theoretically-oriented work done on this I'd be most grateful. --And.