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Re: IPA/SAMP question

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Thursday, November 15, 2001, 13:01
> User-Agent: Mutt/1.2.5i > X-No-Archive: Yes > Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 12:34:05 +0100 > From: taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...> > > * Lars Henrik Mathiesen said on 2001-11-14 17:02:28 +0100 > > It's not uncommon for a natlang to have an unconditioned four way > > height contrast in the front vowels, but then it's usually /i e E > > a/. I don't think I've heard about a five way phonemic contrast, > > though there are languages where a greater number of vowels heights > > occur in different contexts (short vs. long, for instance). > > Does dialects count? Was a guy in my phonetics-class last semester that > had /i e E { a A/ as phonemes :) (Plus the schwa and sundry rounded ones > of course.)
Of course dialects count. If length isn't involved in that, it's a five way height contrast. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)