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,
> don't think it's possible.
I do not think so either.
> (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.
"A mind which thinks at its own expense will always
interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760