lingwadeplaneta wrote: > --- In [log in to unmask], "<deinx nxtxr>" <deinx.nxtxr@...> > wrote: > >> Happy new beer! >> > > Hi Dana, > > for the occasions like New Year I definitely prefer vodka. Among > other things, it doesn't have bad influence upon kidneys and > urogenital system in general. The worst hangovers I've ever had have all been from vodka. I mostly gave up hard liquor years ago. Beer keeps me paced. > I wanted a long time ago to ask you why you have [s]-[z] > distinction in Sasxsek. Do you think that J-n's decision about > merging them into one phoneme is not optimal? My Italian friend > hates it but I think that others benefit. It's there primarily because there are a number of significant languages that have that distinction. Arabic, Russian, English, French and Portuguese all have a /z/. I can see why your Italian friend doesn't like it because it's not present in his language but still he can pronounce [s] and get away with it Spanish speakers so the same thing.