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Re: Tallefkeul: tones and whatnot

From:Markus Miekk-oja <torpet@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 28, 2002, 17:28
>I think they're called "Finnish speakers". (Well, maybe not the only- >one-fricative bit, but I hear their /s/ can be fairly spread out among >the four phones you mentioned.)
The only fricatives in finnish are v, h and s. "F" is, however, a strong newcomer. (A newcomer that is very old by now, but I feel the "linguistic orthodoxy" never will accept it). "Kielenopas" states that s often is heard by foreigners as sh, but that many have adopted the swedish s, which is quite fronted. It states that, due to the relative insignificance of the s / sh distinction, there is no need to distinguish them in speech.