Hey, wait a moment, Brian,
Why don't you just stay on and think of more questions to ask? This is an informal forum and you don't have to be a professional linguist to contribute to it.
----- Original Message -----
From: Brian Wyndham
To: phoNet@egroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2000 11:01 AM
Subject: Re: [phoNet] Re: assam pronunciation

I should have looked at the map before hitting the keys.  I had imagined
that Myanmar represented an unrelated linguistic barrier between Assam
and Thailand but clearly that is not the case.  I know little of the
history of the area but I suppose that the modern frontiers bear no
relation to any previous divisions, if any, except perhaps where rivers
form a natural boundary.

I am now considerably better educated than I was two days ago.  Thank
you for the information which I think answers my original enquiry
perfectly. I will therefore un-subscribe and not clutter the site any

Good luck,