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So no comment on my response here?  The thread wandered way off in
another direction, but I'm still curious about the CL vowels mentioned
in the subject line.

On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 2:18 PM, Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 12:57 PM, R A Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> No - I'm talking strictly about Classical Latin; essentially a written
>> language but one, no doubt, to which the speech of the Equites & Senatorial
>> classes and other educated Romans of the 1st centuries BCE and CE more or
>> less approximated, especially in formal mode.
>
> Right, I figured that's what you meant by "CL".  But I thought the
> actual quantity distinction predated even that  - CL had the full 12
> phonemes, including /a/ and /a:/, but realized those distinctions
> qualitatively, e.g. [V] vs [a] or similar.
>
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> Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>
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