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Re: your opinion

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Monday, December 31, 2007, 14:38
>how many vowels is too many? >i just realized that Vityng distinguishes 20 vowels >
There's no definit cutoff point, but the two that seem the most improbable to me are: - the [i\] that only appears by epenthesis in final clusters - you seem to be avoiding shwa, but I'd think [6] or [U] or [I] were more likely - or, if you don't want new phonemic vowels, syllabic resonants - the [OI] that only appears as an allophone of [2y] before retroflexes — while other front vowels retain their rounding; so the existing [oU] might be more likely here [i y u] and [I Y U] only contrasting in *unstressed* syllables is also a bit surprizing, but IMO it adds some nice flavor (and might signal the beginnings of a stress system change?) John Vertical