Retroflexes (continued)

bpj at bpj at
Thu Dec 12 11:14:48 UTC 1996

At 09:59 12.12.1996 +0000, Lars Martin Fosse wrote:
>V. Rao wrote:
>>But there is no such mystical connection. By now, most Indologists
>>know that some Swedish dialects have retroflex stops. What may not be so
>>well known is the fact that retroflexes are also found in some Sicilian
>>dialects and in some American Indian languages. The later also
>>distinguish dental and retroflex sounds at the phonemic level.
>>(`Phonetics', B Malmberg, Dover 1963, pp.41--42.)
>They are also found in East Norwegian, where they are the result of the
>consonant groups rt and rn (in other words .t and .n). I suspect that the
>Swedish retroflexes have a similar background.

IDENTICAL, in fact! (Der er ikke stor forskjell mellom de to spraakene!)

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