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Questions about and suggestions for (C)XS

From:Trebor Jung <treborjung@...>
Date:Saturday, August 7, 2004, 0:30
Why in CXS does one write [i\] and [u\] when [1] and [}] are still
available? And the former are longer than the latter anyway :P

And why is there a separate symbol for voiceless /w/? The distinction
between /w/ and /W/ is rare in natlangs AFAIK, so why does it deserve its
own symbol? After all, voiceless [m] and [n] f'rinstance don't have their
own symbols and they're phonemic (AFAIK) in Welsh.

So, besides getting rid of [W], I'd like to implement Danny's suggestion of
having [H] replaced by [y\], and replacing [X\] with [H].

Do any languages have phonemic /h\/? If not, I think we should just use
[h_v], and use [h\] for something else. And do any languages have phonemic
epiglottal phonemes?


John Cowan <cowan@...>
Tristan Mc Leay <kesuari@...>
Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>