Re: interesting SIL-document

Date: Tue Feb 03 2004 - 14:58:34 EST

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    Peter Kirk scripsit:

    > John, your phonology isn't actually even reasonable. [eng] occurs
    > intervocally in words like hanger, singing. Whether this is syllable
    > initial depends on your analysis.

    Fair enough; but hang-er, sing-ing *is* the conventional analysis. English,
    generally speaking, defies the convention of preferring onsets to codas.

    > There are minimal pairs at the
    > syllable level between the British pronounciation of Birmingham (silent
    > h, stress on first syllable only)

    I think they say it that way in Alabama too, though they do not pronounce
    it as a monosyllable. :-)

    John Cowan
    "If he has seen farther than others,
            it is because he is standing on a stack of dwarves."
                    --Mike Champion, describing Tim Berners-Lee (adapted)

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