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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] qepHom 2015 with Marc Okrand

SuStel (

On 3/28/2015 5:51 PM, Lieven wrote:
Am 28.03.2015 um 14:30 schrieb SuStel:
It really doesn't. As described in THE KLINGON DICTIONARY, {o} sounds
the same as {ow}, or /oʊ/, a diphthong.

TKD does not say anything about a diphthong here, or a sound like [oʊ].
The only written description is "o as in english mosaic".

"No words in Klingon have ow or uw. If they did, they would be indistinguishable from words ending in o and u, respectively."

TKD doesn't say anything about a diphthong or a sound like /oʊ/, because Okrand avoids jargon. But I didn't say TKD said those things; I said it says {o} sounds like {ow}, and I have quoted the passage above. I then gave the IPA representation of {o}, which IS a diphthong.

{o} is a diphthong, at least when ending a syllable.


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