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Re: Phonetics vs. Phonemics (was: apparently bizarre 'A's)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, February 24, 2006, 12:02
Quoting John Vertical <johnvertical@...>:

> >As to phonetic symbology, you're right that I overstated the > >precision. Each symbol covers a spectrum of similar sounds. But the > >difference between phonetics and phonemics is that in the latter case > >the sounds represented by a single symbol are identified by their > >equivalence within a given language, and need not even be phonetically > >similar at all. > > >Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...> > > That reminds me - what's the most different allophones of a single phoneme > you know of (either qualitively or quantitively)?
An Argentinian I met some years ago appeared to have [h] and [C] in free variation as the realization of /x/ before front vowels. Can anyone familiar with Argentinian Spanish say whether that's normal down there, or just was some idiosyncrasy of his? I also seem to recall hearing of a language where /k/ had a [G] allophone between vowels, which, while easy to imaging diachronically, is a pretty stark difference synchronically. Andreas


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>