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  • erilaz@earthlink.net
    Oct 22 12:00 PM
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      Måns Björkman writes:

      >The sign
      >referred to is a curious character used in the so-called _King's Letter_
      >(DTS 45, 48, 49) for indicating a labialized /m/ which had become /v/ in
      >Third Age Sindarin

      Don't you mean "spirantized /m/" or something similar? /m/ is labial by

      >(Daniel's description contains a small error that I
      >hadn't noticed before, BTW: /m/ is a nasal, not a stop).

      Yes, /m/ is a nasal, but so is the sound represented by <mh>, more or less;
      Tolkien describes the sound as "spirant _m_ (or nasal _v_) in his
      discussion of the Cirth in Appendix E. The m/mh distinction is between a
      nasal stop (a term that is indeed used in some linguistic textbooks) and a
      nasal (or at least nasalized) fricative. Such a distinction is not usually
      made, hence the normal use of the generic "nasal".

      Arden R. Smith erilaz@...

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      "Fiddle-de-dee's not English," Alice replied gravely.
      "Who ever said it was?" said the Red Queen.

      --Lewis Carroll,
      _Through the Looking-glass_
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