|Date:||Tuesday, April 3, 2001, 13:40|
What does 'phonemic' mean exactly?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Raymond Brown" <ray.brown@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 7:15 AM
Subject: Re: Uusisuom's influences
> At 10:31 am +0200 2/4/01, daniel andreasson wrote:
> >Luca wrote:
> >> While short/long vowels are not that rare amongst real langs,
> >And what's even worse about Finnish: the short/long distinction goes
> >for both vowels and consonants, and it's *phonemic*! Aaarghs! :)
> ...and it appears that both are phonemic in Uusisuom also, if the doubled
> vowels are consonants mean what they appear to mean. Tho there it seemsit
> is phonemic with some vowels but not others - whereas, at least Finnish is
> consistent on this matter AFAIK.
> A mind which thinks at its own expense
> will always interfere with language.
> [J.G. Hamann 1760]