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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:15 pm 
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[ʈʂʰɤŋtɕjɑŋ], or whatever you can comfortably pronounce that's close to that

Formerly known as Primordial Soup

Supporter of use of [ȶ ȡ ȵ ȴ] in transcription

It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a 青.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:40 pm 
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I don't think you can really ask why something did or didn't happen in a language. Why didn't [kt] become [tt] as in Italian, rather than [jt]? Why didn't Proto-Semitic /b/ go to /v/ in Arabic if /p/ went to /f/? That's just how it happened. We say that sound changes generally move towards greater economy in articulatory effort, but the opposite happens as well. You can come up with a rationale, but you can't know for sure, because these things don't happen for reasons, inasmuch as rain falls down rather than up because of gravity.

It may be worth noting, though, that when /ts dz/ deaffricated, no phonemic contrasts were lost. If /tʃ/ had deaffricated, it would've erased the contrast between /ʃ/ and /tʃ/. But then /s z ts dz/ all ended up as /s/ for the majority of modern-day Spanish speakers, so you can't necessarily say that sound changes that erase contrasts are less likely than those preserving them.


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