--- In cybalist@..., Piotr Gasiorowski <piotr.gasiorowski@...>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Miguel Carrasquer
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> Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2002 12:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [tied] Re: crows and the glottalic theory
> > Focusing on Polish now, and perhaps I asked about this before but
have forgotten the answer, przepraszam, but I have noticed among
certain Polish speakers a noticeable aspiration of unvoiced stops
(perhaps only in initial position?), especially in careful or high-
register speech. How wide-spread is this, and is this perhaps due to
> I think you're right. Some people aspirate voiceless stops (and
even affricates) in stressed syllables to express emphasis (I don't,
so introspective observation is not helpful and I'm not sure about
the exact environment). It used to be associated with the accent of
Polish Jews (which can still be heard from some elderly speakers),
but nowadays it's simply an occasional stylistic affectation. I don't
associate it with any particular region or social group.
Copenhagen has strongly aspirated initial stops, most (West?) Jutland
dialects have /p, t, k/ as in Dutch or French. That might support the
idea of German (or Jewish?) influence.