Lucus Eques wrote:Imagine, in sheet music, two tied quarter notes that bridge a measure. They have the same sound as a half note on the same pitch â€” but rhythmically it is important to separate them as quarter notes since they are not in the same measure.
Say what ?!
Normally tied notes receive a single excitation (on the first event, of course), no secondary rhythmic emphasis takes place.
Replace "rhythmically" with "orthographically" and I'm with you.
In a word like mortuus the final vowels are both articulated, but I agree that a glottal stop is incorrect. The vowels can be elided without extinguishing the quantities. This is actually close to a notational phenomenon in certain works by Beethoven, where two tied notes each receive an articulation mark, something possible only with wind instruments or bowed strings. Is that what you had in mind ?
IIRC such words eventually contracted adjacent vowels into a single syllable in later Lain and its derivatives.
Similis sum folio de quo ludunt venti.