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.