Fwd: Re: Chicago's Field Museum
mmccaffe at indiana.edu
Wed Dec 31 15:49:06 UTC 2008
Quoting "Robert A. Neinast" <neinast at att.net>:
> Michael McCafferty wrote:
>>>> Oh, and for a final
>>>> "tl" they had it pronounced simply as "t".
>> It's like that in some dialects, so it's not a great offense.
> Don't forget, this exhibit was "The Aztec World," not
> "The Modern Nahuatl Dialects World."
Naturally, an exhibit of this caliber should have -tl instead of -t.
> Or were there dialects 500 years ago that did this?
Yes. In fact, the sound written -tl derives from a proto-Uto-Aztecan
/*t/ following /a/. It's not unreasonable to assume that some ancient
dialects did not take that /*t/ to the sound written -tl. I don't
believe the necessary evidence exists to corroborate that notion,
> " . . . and shun the Frumious Bandersnatch."
> Robert A. Neinast
> Pickerington, OH
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