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.
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