196Re: i and y in Quenya: two phonemes or one?
- Aug 9, 2002--- In lambengolmor@y..., Ales Bican <ales.bican@s...> wrote:
> > This could rule out the possibilityIt's just a reformulation: if only one variant is possible in a
> > of allomorphs: they have to be variants of the same phoneme,
> > predictable from the environment where they occur.
> **I am afraid I do not understand you here.
certain environment, it's predictable which one, knowing only the
> Well, I am somewhat off-topic. My point was that if _ly_ inThat's what I meant. Even if we could distinguish it as a phoneme in
> _-lye_ is a single sound (which I cannot either prove or
> dissprove), it is not an instance of _y_ being in the same
> position as _i_.
this position, it wouldn't be the same /y/ as in _Yavanna_.
> > The question whether a vocal and a consonant can be similarI meant that there may be different opinions on that matter. I tend
> > enough to count as allomorphs, is subjective. _y_ is a half-
> > vowel, after all.
> **I am not sure again if I understand you. In Slovakian (a Slavic
> language very similar to Czech) [i] and [j] are treated like
> allomorphs, for instance.
to regard /i/ and /j/ in German as allomorphs, too.
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