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Re: R: Re: Phonology and Questions

From:Marcus Smith <smithma@...>
Date:Monday, May 8, 2000, 16:06
Luca wrote:

>> 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. Marcus