Three-Way Contrast of Secondary Articulations in PIE
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Fri Apr 6 20:55:07 UTC 2001
Dear David and IEists:
----- Original Message -----
From: "David L. White" <dlwhite at texas.net>
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 10:41 PM
>> On 25 Mar 2001, David L. White wrote:
>>> My point is that to speak of "plain" consonants existing in such a system
>>> is in a sense non-sensical, because "plain" in effect means "as in a
>>> language without secondary articulations", which in turn means "as in a
>>> language with ordinary co-articulation", but a language with secondary
>>> articulations could not possibly have ordinary coarticulations, since
>>> overriding ordinary coarticlation for phonemic effect is what languages
>>> with secondary articulations do.
I think something that is, if understood, fairly straightforward is being
To judge by Gaelic, a-colored vowels involved no movement of the lips;
e-colored vowels entailed a lip movement opposed to the tongue movement: the
lips were pulled back, and the tongue pushed forward.
O-colored vowels folllowed the same pattern in reverse: the lips were pushed
forward, and the tongue was pulled back.
If not true, is it, at least, not elegant?
By the way, I would assert its truthfulness.
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