|Title:||Re: 16-2712, Phonology, Mysterious /s/|
|Submitter:||Dinha T. Gorgis|
|Description:||[Re: LINGUIST 16.2712, Phonology: Mysterious /s/
Standard Arabic prohibits both s+C and V+s+C. Not only this, but it prohibits consonant cluster formation save at word-final position in case the speaker wishes to pause whereby only a CC is allowed. And this expains the failure of Arabs learning English to produce CCC and CCCC clusters at all word-positions.
Assyrian, as spoken today, permits s+C (whether voiced or voiceless), though genetically related, e.g. /spa:y/ 'good or well'(with noticeable loss of aspiration, like English); /smo:qa/ 'red' (with a devoiced m). I believe it is a matter of habit formation; never biological and never universal!
Prof. Dinha T. Gorgis