Once a consonant, always a consonant

There are several arguments to support the hypothesis that bimoraic vowels (diphthongs and long vowels) of Current British English are vowel+consonant, ie no different from vowel+[l] or vowel+nasal sequences. Thus say and yes or no and one consist of the same segments, in reverse order ([sej], [jes], [nəw], [wən]). We are going to look at the phonotactics of the beginning and the end of words to show that diphthongal offglides behave like other consonants in these clusters.

The talk is a continuation of last year’s A brit magánhangzórendszer: kisebb, mint gondolnád (KAFA, 2015-05-14).