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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] qaghwI' (was Re: Klingon Word of the Day: veSDuj)

Rohan Fenwick (qeslagh@hotmail.com) [KLI Member]



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<body class='hmmessage'><div dir='ltr'>ghItlhpu' lay'SIv, jatlh:<br>&gt; How about Hebrew aleph, Caucasian Cyrillic palochka, the 'hard sign' in Chechen?<br>&gt; Or 'c/ch' in Sardinian, 'h' in Seri, Thai  (o ang), 'h' in Wagiman?<br>&gt; (Mostly from the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glottal_stop )<br><br>I can only speak to the languages with which I have some linguistic familiarity, which is why Arabic, Classic Maya, Circassian and Danish were the ones I used as examples. I'm not sure about any of these others, but Circassian does fall under the "Caucasian Cyrillic" palochka you refer to, and in the Caucasian languages the glottal stop does tend to pattern with the other stops. (In Western Circassian at least, glottal stop is historically descended from the uvular ejective /q'/ and patterns with the uvulars.) I don't know about Chechen, but in the closely related Ingush, the situation is the same as in modern {ta' Hol}, in that all lexical morphemes are formally consonant-initial and prefixes or suffixes don't delete glottal onset regardless of whether they're preceded by a consonant or a vowel. How that reflects in the writing system, though, I have no idea.<br><br>QeS<br> 		 	   		  </div></body>
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