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Re: Brr (was: Re: A few questions about linguistics concerning my new project)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, August 3, 2007, 15:16
Quoting Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>:

> On 8/2/07, Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote: > > Mark J. Reed writes: > > > in parts of Greenland the /u/ phoneme seems to be merging into /i/. > > > > Fascinating. Do you have some pointers for further reading? A > > two-vowel system of /1/ vs. /a/ would be very interesting. > > I read somewhere about a natlang whose (phonemic) vowels seemed to be > distinguished only by height (and not by backness; don't remember > about rounding). Such a lang could conceivably have phonemic /1/ vs > /a/ (though phonetically, I don't know what the allophonic range could > be -- conceivably rather wide).
I remember reading that some Caucasian language (Ubykh?) arguably has only two vowel phonemes, notated as /a/ and /@/, each with a large number of phonotactically determined allophones. Andreas