Rakko wrote: >> [c] seems to be unstable, in any case, and is notoriously liable to become >> an affricate. > >Yes, but why... My guess is because (in IE languages anyway) we haven't got so much in the way of *native* palatal stops--when we get them, they're palatal*ized*. [cj] (or such) by itself is probably unstabler than regular [c]. [cj] is harder to pronounce, for me anyway, so I can imagine it'd be more likely to break down. You see a similar thing in English with the palatalization of /t/ and /d/ before 'American /r/'... But then, I don't know. In langs with palatals have they got the affricating tendency? Hungarian? >> >Related topic: Does anyone know why /c/ and /j\/ [...] >> >seem to become affricates so frequently, where other stops don't? >> >> But what other stops would go that way? (I suppose aspirated /p/ became >> /pf/ in High German.) > >Yeah, I was thinking of German. Presumably, there are other languages where >plain stops went to affricates across the board, instead of just in one >point of articulation. Possibly, but I think that'd be unlikely unless a new set of plain stops arised.. arose somehow to take their place. Hmm... *Muke! -- http://www.southern.edu/~alrivera/ ICQ: 1936556 AIM: MukeTurtle "We're making the Internet easier to use by keeping you from using all of it."