However this may be, the ogam alphabet shows some knowledge of phonetics and some attempt to classify the sounds accordingly.
Notwithstanding certain points of resemblance in structure and phonetics, Albanian is entirely distinct from the neighbouring languages; in its relation to early Latin and Greek it may be regarded as a co-ordinate member of the Aryan stock.
Catalan being a variety of the langue doc, it will be convenient to note the peculiarities of its phonetics and inflexion as compared with ordinary Provenal, Tonic VowelsWith regard to a, which is pronounced alike in open and close syllables (amar, a m a r e; abre, a r b o r), there is nothing to remark.
Hence in transcription from foreign languages and in works on phonetics it is represented by s or š.
In phonetics one observes(i) the change of lj into y as an initial before i (yitx, yigis; lego, legis), a change which does not take place in the Catalan of the mainland except in the interior, or at the end of the word; (2) the frequent change of 1 between vowels and of I after c, g, f, p or b into r (taura tabula; candera, candela; sangrol, sin gultum; frama, flama).
It is much more likely that the two dialects were thus designated because of their respectively harsh and soft phonetics.'
(2) There had been no scientific study of phonetics, and consequently the changes and combinations of languages are treated in a mechanical way: e.g.