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Re: Xinkutlan 1- Phonology

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, November 19, 2004, 10:30

Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...> writes:
> On Thu, 18 Nov 2004 13:58:47 -0500, Adam F. <hypaholic@...> wrote: > > >I like the phonology. I have one question. Why did you decide to > >have /d/, /t/, /s/, /z/, /S/, /ts/, /dz/, and /tS/, but not /Z/, and /dZ/? > >I can't wait to see more. > > > >- Adam >... > Actually, I started out that way and then felt like I'd got too far without > them to try to splice them in.#
Why even bother? Many phoneme inventories are unsymmetrical. German has /S/ and /tS/, but no /Z/ or /dZ/ (apart from some loans perhaps). German has no initial /s/, only initial /z/ (but medial /s/ and /z/ it has), again with the exception of loans. Both of these are leading to some people pronouncing things in a funny way because they stick to German phonology. German has /ts/ but not /dz/, this one, I think without exception -- I cannot come up with a loan containing /dz/. Also: /C/ but no /j\/. Many languages have /q/ but no /G\/, but the voiced/voiceless contrast is retained in /p/,/b/ and /t/,/d/ and /k/,/g/ in these languages. I don't see any need for being symmetrical. **Henrik