LINGUIST List 8.112

Mon Jan 27 1997

Qs: Diphthong, Teaching material, RUKI rule

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  1. KAMANY, Branching Onsets vs. Heavy Diphthongs
  2. LIJENI, teaching material
  3. Linda Longerich, RUKI rule

Message 1: Branching Onsets vs. Heavy Diphthongs

Date: Sun, 19 Jan 1997 17:02:12 +0100 (MET)
From: KAMANY <>
Subject: Branching Onsets vs. Heavy Diphthongs

Dear collegues;
The framework we are currently developping yields the following
results: a) string-final consonants are potential onset/coda when
followed by a vowel/consonant respectively after morpheme
concatenation; b) only glides followed by a consonant qualify as
offglide (heavy diphthong); c) branching onsets and heavy diphthongs
appear to be formally identical since, among other things, the former
requires the obligatory presence of a following vowel. 1) Are heavy
diphthongs or/and branching onsets found in languages which do not
present string-final consonants? 2) Are there languages which present
branching onsets while lacking heavy diphthongs, and vice versa?
Thank you very much for your cooperation.

*Honore KAMANY
*59, route de la Reine
*92100 Boulogne-sur-Seine (France)
*Tel/Fax: (33) 01 46 04 40 68 (if calling from abroad, replace the prefix
"01" with "33-1")
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Message 2: teaching material

Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 16:19:45 -0700 (MST)
Subject: teaching material

Dear Netter, 

I am going to teach Introduction to Linguistics next semester. I am
looking for audio and vedio material on topics such as animal
communication, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, language
acquisition, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language change,
pragmatics, etc. If you know what I can use, where and how to find
them and buy them, please give me an e-mail (
Thank you very much.

Jen-i Li
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Message 3: RUKI rule

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 11:31:03 -0330 (NST)
From: Linda Longerich <>
Subject: RUKI rule

I am investigating the conditioning environment which triggered the
shift of PIE alveolar /s/ to palatal, retroflex or velar /s/ in
Indo-Iranian and Balto-Slavic. That is - following either an /r/,
/u/, /k/ or /i/.
My hypothesis is that the conditioning may be acoustic (originally
suggested by Vennemann, Linguistics 130 (1974),91-97). If this
hypothesis is correct, there should be at least a few similar examples
in other languages.

I am looking for any examples of similar diachronic shifts or
synchronic variants in a NON-Indoeuropean Language.
Any help would be appreciated.

Linda Longerich
Linguistics Department
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
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