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Re: Voiced Velar Fricative

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, November 9, 2000, 0:58
Eric Christopherson wrote:
> I've never noticed anything resembling [{] ([&]) in Spanish. Are we sure > it's not just [a] (low front, as opposed to back front [A])?
Well, according to the article on Spanish in The World's Major Languages, "in closed syllables ... /a/, which in citation has a central low articulation, may be displaced forward or backward depending on the adjacent consonant: ... _jaulas_ 'cages' /'xaulas/ ['XAwla+s]" (+ is the diacritic +, which represents "advanced") It also says that in "Andalusian and some Latin American varieties" "Now [la maDre] contrasts functionally with [l& maDrE], and we are obliged to recognize a new system of plural marking - not too different from the vocalic alternations of Italian - and with it three new vowel phonemes." -- Dievas dave dantis; Dievas duos duonos God gave teeth; God will give bread - Lithuanian proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor