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Re: Putting the J in Sleep

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Friday, November 12, 2004, 8:34
Steg Belsky wrote:

> On Nov 10, 2004, at 5:46 PM, Arnt Richard Johansen wrote: > >> On Wed, 10 Nov 2004, Steg Belsky wrote: >> >>> So, has anyone ever come up with a conlang where the pronunciation of >>> individual phonemes varies by some seemingly-arbitrary variable, like >>> the time of day? Or the dominant color of the speaker's surroundings? >>> Or what the speaker ate for lunch? Or...? > > >> ANAD(EW). >> In Chukchi, a possible language isolate spoken in Chokotka in Eastern >> Siberia, the phoneme /k/ is pronounced differently depending on whether >> the speaker is male or female. > > > But for the vast majority of people, their gender/sex remains constant > for their lifetime. I'm talking about variable variables, things that > are constantly changing based on environment or whatever else. Like, > for instance, if it's sunny you pronounce a word /gola/ but then if the > sun disappears behind a cloud the word gets pronounced /doru/, or > whatever :)
In Samoan [t] and [k] are "free" allophones of one phoneme. The choice between them depends on perceived social intimacy or distance between interlocutors. Historically there was a sound change -- I don't remember in what direction -- which got frozen and re-deployed halfway. -- /BP 8^) -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)


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