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a minimalist phonology

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 24, 2001, 22:34
DAMN! (IN 50-POINT TYPE).  I knew this went out in UTF7 the minute I hit
"send".  My fault.  Let's see if I can correct it:

>This is the shape of the vowel "triangle" as I learned it years ago (and I >really MUST dig into storage and find that old xeroxed text!):
_____________ \ | \ | \ | \ | \_________ |
>Further, it is divided into a grid that follows the shape, so that cells in >the top row, e.g., are wider than those in the bottom row-- capturing the >intuition that the low vowels are closer together (more difficult to >differentiate). The vertical/back axis shows that for back vowels, the >tongue moves from high to low in a more or less straight line, while for >front vowels, going lower also involves retraction of the tongue. >I forget how many vertical columns (front to back) there are-- certainly >more than 3; horizontal (high to low) probably 6 if not more. So we have >roughly: > >i/y ? i- ? M/u > I ? ? ? U > e/+APY- ? 3 ? o (and unrounded o) > E ?+AEA-? O > æ ?V? A > ? ?a? ? >(script a and backward script and print a fit in somewhere in the bottom) > >(Hmm, badly spaced.) And not sure about some of the symbols/details-- I
>I've omitted some of the rounded/unrounded varieties-- , but you get the >point I'm sure. > >Further, each major cell was subdivided 3x3 (tic-tac-toe grid), with the >basic symbol in the center. Diacritics allowed for raised/lowered, >fronted/backed varieties within each cell. Thus, raised/fronted [I] came >very close to lowered/backed [i], but not quite. Our teacher (June Shoup,
>think a student of Ladefoged's; she died young, sad to say) seemed able to >produce most of these subtleties, and some of the students and TA's could
>at least within the confines of the classroom and practice sessions. >Altogether one of the most stimulating courses I ever took. (And I hope >memory is doing it justice!) >
(snip Steg Belsky's msg. that I was replying to) (Messages to me are displayed in UTF7; when I hit "reply to author" the reply also goes in UTF7 UNLESS I remember (as I do much/most? of the time) to change it to "western" charset. There seems to be no way to tell Outlook Express to _please_ use "western" automatically. Anyone know a way around this? It is true, that if I choose "new message" and get Conlang's address from my address book, then "western" is chosen. Then that involves cutting and pasting the msg. I'm replyng to, a bit laborious, but if that's the solution, so be it.. Why can't a computer be more :-( )


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