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Re: CHAT: Another NatLang i like

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 29, 1999, 10:02
At 17:17 28/06/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Fakaltin=E1tas na<Christophe Grandsire> >> 's' is pronounced /s/ or /z/ if near to a front vowel, /S/ or /Z/ if near=
>> back vowel. > >Should those be the other way around, that is, /S/ or /Z/ near a *front* >vowel, and /s/ or /z/ near a *back* vowel? >
No. At least in my mouth, /s/ is more front than /S/ (/s/ is alveolar and /S/ is palatal). In Tj'a-ts'a~n, front vowels have nearly the same PoA as /s/ and /z/ and back vowels are even more backed than /S/ and /Z/. It's a kind of 'backing and fronting spread'. At least it is natural in my mouth.
>> k'a-se-: gender prefix: human group > >What does the apostrophe indicate?
It is part of the vowel. 'a is a front unrounded a (/a/) whereas a is a back rounded a (/Q/).
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