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On Fri, 5 Nov 1999, Rob Nierse wrote:

> I want to include fronting/palatalization.
> At first I thought of a system like Arawak:
> t + i = tyi
> th + i = ci  (c as ch in 'church')
>
> Then I thought of k changing too:
> k + i = ci
> kh + i remains khi or Ci
>     (C as ch in German 'ich')
>
> Now /thi/ and /ki/ are merging to [ci]
> and I don't want that to happen.
> So I thought of /ti/ -> [tsi]
> but what do I do with /thi/?
> Any suggestions?
>
If k + i -> ci and kh + i -> Ci, then you can have a rule that
palatalization turns a nonaspirate into an affricate and an aspirate into a
fricative, so that /ti/ -> [tsi] and /thi/ -> [si]. Or perhaps [tsji] and
[sji]?

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