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Re: Introductions and a question about consonants

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 21:19
Peter Clark scripsit:

> Well, how do you pronounce "thick"? [TIk]?
> If so, then why can't you say that > its a phoneme? You would have a minimal pair of [TI~k] vs. [TIk], yes/no?
Because it's unparsimonious. It makes more sense to treat [I~] as a realization of underlying [In] when a final stop follows. I say "thinking" as [TINkIN], after all. In Polish, IIUC, all five vowels can be nasalized, but this never contrasts with oral vowel + m/n except in final position, where only [E~] and [a~] can appear. Consequently, there are only two nasal phonemes, not five. -- My corporate data's a mess! John Cowan It's all semi-structured, no less. But I'll be carefree Using XSLT In an XML DBMS.