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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."
                --Jim Morrison


Danny Wier <dawier@...>