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Re: Consonant Aspiration

From:Muke Tever <muke@...>
Date:Saturday, April 4, 2009, 19:51
On Sat, 04 Apr 2009 12:16:06 -0600, Linvi Charles
<linvi.charles@...> wrote:

> Is it just me or does the unaspirated /t/ (like in s*t*op) sound like the > /d/ (like in *d*ead)?
It'll do that because the only difference is voicing, and as (I assume you are) an English speaker your phonology distinguishes voiceless stops from voiced stops by both voicing and aspiration--[t] is thus perceived as close to /d/ by virtue of being unaspirated, and different from, i.e. not, /t_h/ for the same reason. The tendency to hear [t] as /d/ has led some to suggest that it's aspiration, not voicing, that is the salient factor in distinguishing the stop series in English. *Muke! --


Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>