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Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 9:27
Subject: Re: [phoNet] (unknown)
Good! with a little bit of luck this may develop into a discussion of
how various other interestins types of speech sound (laterals, rhotics,
nasals, ejectives, implosives, doubly articulated consonants, etc.) evolve.
Let's begin with clicks. The main problem is that the languages that have them
have little or no recorded history (often in addition to having barely been
studied), so we have to rely on far-from-perfect comparative reconstructions
when trying to recover their past changes. I'll try to find some illustrative
examples of click behaviour, but please give me a little time (one or two
days) to prepare -- I've never been asked this question before :-)
Here's some introductory information about common click types in
Khoisan languages, if you'd like to kill a little time meanwhile.
Ok, I have a question!
I have a vague understanding of how
many sounds can change in a language
over time... a stop /t/ could become a
fricative /T/, or an unvoiced /t/
becoming a voiced /d/ for
...but I don't know how this kind of change affects the more
such as clicks. Do clicks mutate? (I'm sure
they must). Do they mutate
into other clicks, or can they become
regular consonants? Do clicks often
That's all my question.