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Thread #67852   Message #1136442
Posted By: Stephen R.
14-Mar-04 - 07:25 PM
Thread Name: Any glottal stops down your way?
Subject: RE: Any glottal stops down your way?
That's why Norwegians and Swedes say that Danish is not a language, it's a disease of the throat.

As has already been pointed out in this list, the glo''al stop is a regular consonant in Hawai'ian, where it replaces an earlier _k_ (in the western Pacific they say Havaiki), while the present _k_ replaces earlier _t_--a Great Consonant Shift. And it occurs in Semitic languages such as Arabic and Hebrew. There are also languages with glottalized consonants--the consonant is separated from the following vowel by a glottal closure; these are found in Georgian and Amharic, for example.

Several have pointed out that the omission of certain consonants in Spanish is at all the same as their replacement, in some varieties of Scots, British English, and American English ('li'le me'al ke'al', for example). In Puerto Rican and Cuban Spanish _s_ is dropped in some positions; _those two men' is _eto dombre_. And the same dialect is lambdacist, leading to the probably apocryphal notice posted on an office door: Fabol de dejal la yabe en la ofisina. Or: La balca etang en la mal. But any discussion of Spanish here is thread creep.

Stephen