LINGUIST List 9.411

Thu Mar 19 1998

Disc: Short Diphthongs

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  1. Paul Johnston, Re: 9.371, Disc: Short Diphthongs

Message 1: Re: 9.371, Disc: Short Diphthongs

Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 21:29:36 -0500 (EST)
From: Paul Johnston <>
Subject: Re: 9.371, Disc: Short Diphthongs

To Joaquim de Carvalho:

	Isn't Scots a case of a language with both bimoraic short
(/EI/) and long /ae oe/ diphthongs? The first two, /EI/ and /ae/ were
once allophones, but now you have contrasts in final positions like
pay/pie. the short/long distinction is certainly phonological, as
they pattern according to the Scots

bnEgh AE Scots Vowel Length Rule. Also, how about Dutch, and
diphthongs like /EI/ vs. //a:i/, or are you counting the latter as
/a:j/, i. e. V + C.

					Paul Johnston
					Dept. of English
					Western Michigan University
					Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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