From: "Raymond Brown" <[log in to unmask]> > The phonemic theory does not IMO tell the whole story. Hypothetical > languages can easily be constructed to make any theory fall down. I don't > reallly understand what sound [t_D] is, it seems odd to have a voiced > off-glide from a voicless plosive. To be honest, if I ever came across a > language with only four consonants, and those in such odd distribution, I > would suspect I didn't have the whole story and want to know more. [t_d] means an apicodental stop in X-SAMPA. Don't know why he has capital D though. > >Is there are contrast between 'beer is' and *'bee riz'? > > It depends on the dialect - in some there'd be noticeable difference, but > not in all. I say [bIr Iz]. > It's Greek /xris"tos a"nesti/ - it's the greeting Greeks give one another > at Eastertide. It means "Christ is risen". The reply is /a"nesti ali"Tos/ > "He is truly risen". The / / enclose phonemic values; the Greek I've heard > pronounce /e/ and /o/ are rather lower and closer to [E] and [O]. I think the French (check me here Christophe) say something like "l'amour de Dieu est folie", meaning "the love of God is folly".