Re: Devoicing of initial consonants
|From:||David Peterson <digitalscream@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 23, 2002, 20:14|
In a message dated 01/22/02 11:42:49 PM, isaacp@UKR.NET writes:
<< Still there is a question --
Does any natlang have INITIAL devoicing of consonants? >>
Phonologically, I can't think of one; phonetically, English. Since
aspiration is used to distinguish voiced from voiceless phonemes, voiced one
are only rarely voice. A narrow transcription of "pot" and "bot" would
render [p_hAt?] and [pAt?] (the question mark=glottalized). Other languages
with aspiration might do this too.
"Zi hiwejnat zodZaraDatsi pat Zi mirejsat dZaCajani sUlo."
"The future's uncertain and the end is always near."