From: Miguel Carrasquer
>--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Miguel Carrasquer <mcv@...> wrote:Yes. Arabic `ayn is completely ignored when Arab words get borrowed into
>> On Mon, 17 Nov 2003 20:34:25 +0000, Glen Gordon <glengordon01@...>
>> >The point is that there are evidently ample
>> >phonemes to choose from in IE that could approximate Semitic
>> >ayin, rather than merely ignoring the phoneme, even if the
>> >approximation isn't perfect.
>> PIE had h1 (h?), h2 (x?) and h3 (G/xW?), so an inventory more or
>> that of Dutch. Yet in Dutch, `Arafat is pronounced as Arafat, not
>> Garafat or Charafat.
>Is this meant to be a serious argument?