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Re: Phonology and Questions

From:Doug Ball <db001i@...>
Date:Saturday, May 6, 2000, 23:49
Nik wrote:
>> yl-ruil wrote: >> stop p, p' t, t' k, k' q, q' > > Rather unusual (perhaps unprecedented) to have ejectives with no voicing > distinctions. >
Unusual--possibly, unprecedented--certainly not. Navajo has voiceless unaspirated, voiceless aspirated, and ejective at all it's stop and affricate positions (well, no ejective at the labial). What makes Navajo deceiving is the orthography. The above series for the coronal stops is d,t, and t', which might lead one to think that there are voiced stops, when in reality there are not. Korean, too, has the voiceless unaspirated, voiceless aspirated, and voiceless glottalized (which I think is either very close to an ejective or the same as an ejective), so there are languages out there that do have ejectives without voicing distinctions. As a matter of fact, it may be a "useful" thing to have without voicing distinctions. -Doug