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--- On Sat, 12/12/09, <deinx nxtxr> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Kjell Rehnström wrote:

> > I learnt that Esperanto has no diphthongs. An u was
> thus followed by a consonantic j. The tongue touches the
> palate.
> 
> That´s just the way speech works.  There is a
> tendency to assimilate sounds to neighboring sounds. 
> This is ultimately what leads to a lot of shifts in sounds.

The reason I say Eo has diphthongs is syllabification: cxirkauxa is not cxir.ka.uxa (ux practically never functions as a consonant in native Eo) but cxir.kaux.a. Of course, <j> does function as a consonant, so combinations with it are harder to analyze.

Steve