New PDF release: A Tagalog Reference Grammar

By Paul Schachter

ISBN-10: 0520049438

ISBN-13: 9780520049437

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Similarly, /wl is a glide either from or to the extreme high·back·vowel tongue position, with lips rounded, according to whether it precedes or follows a vowel in the same syllable. Tag:ilog /y/ and /w/ differ from their English counterparts in that the English glides vary with the adjacent vowels, a glide from a low vowel like /a/, for example , reach ing a noliceably lower tongue-positi on than a glide from a higher vowel. The Tagalog glides. on the other hand, always move from one or to one of the extreme high-vowel positions.

L lcrc the contrastive item, kay Jua11, is emphasized by its scntencc·initial position (cf. 2): cf. , lu11es 'Monday') is not singled out by pitch prominence the way il is in the English contrastive pattern. ) The Tagalog contrastive intonation pattern signals the fact that the Elem ents sous droits d'autcur PRONUNCIATION 43 utterance is contrastive to some other utterance, but it docs not give an indication as to which specific portion of the utterance is the carrier of the contrast. Where no other indication is present, the item that carries the contrast can only be determined by context.

In some cases, such loan-words have alternative pronunciations in which one consonant of the syllable-final cluster is not present: thus desk is either /de'Sk/ or /dc•s/. abse11t either /'a·bscntf or /'a·bscn/, compact either /ko·mpakl/ or /ko•mpak/. Most of the final clusters that occur have /y/, /w/, /r/, or /I/ as their first phoneme (/y/ and /w/ in these cases constituting the second clement of a diphthong). k)/ /'a•ys ba·ks/ /ko·mpak(t)/ /bri-Js/ /tc·nt/ bridge allowance branch pink desk fala-wans/ /bra•nts/ /pi·11k/ /de·s(k)/ In spi te of the occurrence of a good many consonant clusters, both initial and fin:il, the great majority of Tagalog syllables consist of either two or three phonemes, the major patterns being either consonant-\'owel or consonant-vowel-consonant in a non-final syllable, and consonant-vowel-consonant in a final syllabic.

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