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Re: How to represent long affricates? (was: Phonetic scripts and diphthongs ...)

From:J. 'Mach' Wust <j_mach_wust@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 20, 2004, 8:37
Andreas Johansson wrote:
>It's physiologically possible to lengthen either part of the affricate, so >I just imagined a conlang that distinguishes tS~t:S~tS:~t:S:. Anadewism >demands some natlang sports the same contrast!
Oh, that's difficult to produce, after all since my own natural language (an Alemannic German dialect) eliminates the length contrast in consonants that neighbour voiceless sounds (except [h]), so that there's no length contrast in affricates, since all stops and fricatives are voiceless (phonologically, there's no difference between phonemic affricates and the sequence of stop + homorganic fricative in this language). I guess the pronunciation of the affricates is short at the beginning of words but long elswhere, but I'm not sure. g_0ry@_^s: j. 'mach' wust