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Re: Paucity of Phonemes (was Re: Thagojian phonology...

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, February 26, 2000, 19:56
Kristian Jensen wrote:
> Consonants: p t k ? b g s h > Vowels: i a o
Quite odd! But the source I read distinctly said 10 phonemes. Could it be that /?/ is of questionable phonemic status, e.g., it automatically occurs between vowels, or something like that? Of course, that source coulda been wrong, or this might not be the language referred to.
> where; /t[/ and /d[/ are laminal denti-alveolar, /L/ is a lateral > fricative, /3/ is a consonantal version of /@/ (schwa - or > more specifically a raised and centralized close-mid back > vowel).
What? How can /@/ be pronounced as a consonant? -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Wafsafíif watyánivaf plal 273 ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor