Hymenocallis / Ismene

David Ehrlich idavide@sbcglobal.net
Tue, 06 Jul 2010 12:30:25 PDT
Jim McKenney wrote --
  Spanish vowels are technically divided into strong vowels (a,e, o) and weak
vowles (i, u). 
How Textbook!  No one ever considers the Y.  In Spanish, the Y is a vowel.  But 
when it precedes another vowel in the same syllable it is pronounced as a 
palatal glide.  This is not unlike English, where the Y is considered a 
semi-vowel.  In English the Y is treated as a palatal glide only when it is 
[part of] the opening sound of a syllable; elsewhere it is treated as a vowel.

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