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Re: Brithenig diphthongs (was: Yiddish influences in Brithenig)
On Thu, 14 May 1998, Raymond A. Brown wrote:
> I'm not aware of vowel length having any function in Brithenig. As I
> understand it _quality_, i.e. tenseness or laxity, are concomitant upon
> stress; I've not been aware of any quantitative difference.
> It's true that some languages have length as a feature of stress, e.g.
> modern Greek where stressed vowels are longer than unstressed. But in
> modern Greek there is no qualitative difference between stressed &
> unstressed vowels.
> There is no inherent connexion between quality & quantity. I think
> confusion arises sometimes because the so-called "short" vowels of Standard
> Southern British English are lax and the "long" are tense (this is by no
> means the case in all varieties of English). But the terms "long" &
> "short" in this context are traditional and misleading; length distinction
> does exist in English but is not phonemic. In "Standard Southern British
> English" the 'a' of 'bad' is long but that of 'cat' is short (the _quality_
> is the same in both - the "ash" sound denoted by the a-e ligature in IPA).
I hope I understand, because I've just posted the updated webpage to the
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Andrew Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MAN, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many
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