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Re: back-working phonemic inventories

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, May 19, 2005, 18:05
On Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at 10:24 , Roger Mills wrote:

> Nic Walker wrote: >> Could anyone "back-work" (i.e. relate) these two phonemic inventories, > > Without examples, or some text, to see where/how the various phones occur, > I > don't think it's possible.
I do not think so either. [snip]
> (I've assumed the inventories below are phonetic, since you use [ ]; if > they're meant to be phonemic (should be /../)
Quite so. I assume that we ae being asked to work out the phonemic inventories of the two languages from their phonetic inventories. But given only that lang B is derived lang A, there is simply insufficient evidence to derive any secure phonemic inventories. To do so we do need to know the contexts in which the phones occur. Ray =============================================== =============================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760