[Spellyans] Gordhuwher

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Tue Nov 16 00:24:10 GMT 2010


Michael, 

The rule is <u> stressed word-finally, stressed in hiatus and stressed before <gh> or <h> in native words (tu, truedh, bugh, uhel), but also in English (where E has /ju/) loanwords (continua, usya, tru, natur).

Dan

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Everson
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2010 5:38 PM


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

 

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.

 

 

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