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Re: Phonetics

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 19:46
Mark J. Reed wrote:
>>Yuppers! Many Australian Aboriginal languages distinguish between all >>three of dental, alveolar and postalveolar POAs (as stops), and most >>of them also don't have any fricatives---at all. The three series are >>redundantly distinguished the part of the tongue that touches the roof >>tho: the dental are laminal, the alveolar are apical and the >>postalveolar are retroflex. > >Friggin' Aborigines, screwing up a system that's perfectly adequate >for everyone else.
Heh, true... but they don't have the exclusive rights. Today I accidentally stumbled across a Cushitic language which also contrasts dentals and alveolar stops: I could swear I've seen a phonology of a Salishan or neiboring language which does the same too, but the best I can find at the moment is /tT/ vs /ts/. Incidentally, why is it called the "roof" of the mouth and not "ceiling"?? John Vertical


Joe <joe@...>