Re: R: Re: Phonology and Questions
|From:||Marcus Smith <smithma@...>|
|Date:||Monday, May 8, 2000, 16:06|
>> All native and non-native speakers I've had contact with
>> agree that they seem to appear predictably between unvoiced
>> consonants, or in final position after an unvoiced consonant.
>Do they become voiceless even if they're stressed?
The standard treatment say devoicing only applies to /i/ and /u/, but I've
heard it used with /a/ as well. They devoice when they are not next to a
voiced sound. They do not devoice if they are word initial or accented. Some
dialects delete the vowels rather than devoice them.