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Re: Sonority hierarchy (was: Radical-Metathesis)

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <melroch@...>
Date:Friday, February 15, 2008, 10:51
2008/2/11, Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>:
> On Mon, 11 Feb 2008 17:13:36 +0100, Mr Veoler <veoler@...> wrote: > >Benct Philip Jonsson wrote: > >[snip] > > >> This hierarchy also governs the relative frequency > >> of various sounds across vocabulary. > >Never heard about it. So consonants that are close to each > >other in salience generally have a similar frequency? > > > I also hadn't heard that, and am also curious. >
The *salience* hierarchy is a different hierarchy from the sonority hierarchy, and has to do with which sounds are acoustically more easily identifiable. I thought I had read about it in Lass' "Phonology" or Maddieson's "Patterns of Sound", but haven't had time to check yet. -- / BP