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Re: Analyzing Phonology

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Saturday, January 25, 2003, 20:33
Arthaey Angosii wrote:
> What's "enough"? In a statistics course we were taught minimum sample size > was 40, but that really sounds _minimum_ for this application. I currently > have the newest 300 words typed into Shoebox, with at least that number > again of older words in dead tree form only. Should part of speech be > correlated against any of these variables you mentioned, btw?
Also, don't forget that frequency may be different between a listing of vocabulary and in actual text. /D/ is a fairly uncommon sound as far as number of words that contain it, however, in actual speech it's fairly common because it's used in such common words as "the", "that", "this", "they", etc.
> Vao'"frequency counts" kao: > >be sure to take the phonetic context into account > >when looking at that kind of thing; that is, the figures for "p" in syllable > >initial position should be distinguished from "p" in syllable final > >position, and so forth. > > Is this true even when [p] and [p_h] are both allophones rather than > phonemes, as in English /p/?
It has nothing to do with allophones. The frequency of a phoneme can vary by place. For example, /N/ is non-existant in English in syllable-initial position. /m/ is more common in syllable-initial position than in syllable-final position (especially when *not* followed by another labial) -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42