endangered phonemes

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Fri Apr 14 17:14:28 UTC 2000

--- David Dowty <dowty at FANG.LING.OHIO-STATE.EDU>
> I can however offer one real datum as to how early
> the distinction was
> present there. (I tell this story to my intro
> linguistics classes, not
> just because many are incredulous that a /hw/ vs.
> /w/ distinction ever
> existed at all, but to illustrate a point of
> comparative linguistic
> methodology).

> David Dowty

And up 'til now I was thinking this was about whether
or not the "t" in witch was pronounced!!

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