[Spellyans] Gordhuwher

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Mon Nov 15 16:38:19 GMT 2010

On 15 Nov 2010, at 15:15, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

>> I don't agree. [gɔrˈðyːhər] > LC [gə(ɹ)ˈðiːhər] -- there is no rule that can be laid down for when word-internal "u" becomes [ɪʊ] instead of remaining [iː]; such a rule exists when "u" stands in absolute auslaut (du, Jesu), but not here. Further, the spelling "gordhuher" simply can't lead to [ʍ]"
> Of course it can. It’s like <uhel> - vocalic length is retained stressed word finally, in hiatus and before /x/, then [yː] isn’t unrounded, but diphthongised to [ɪʊ] – following [h] will unvoice the glide.

What is the teachable rule that word internal "u" becomes [ɪʊ] instead of remaining [iː] in LC?

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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