Re: Allophone Problem
|From:||Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 10:25|
Joseph Fatula wrote:
> David J. Peterson wrote:
>> Joseph wrote:
>> I'm having a problem analyzing the phonemes of a language. The sound
>> [e] only appears before voiceless consonants, while [i] can appear in
>> any other environment. This leads me to think that they're
>> allophones of each other, except for the following problem.
>> Voiceless fricatives become voiced between vowels, yet the [e] in
>> such cases remains unchanged:
>> - [nef] > [neva]
>> - [niv] > [niva]
>> Among words with the "-a" suffix, this [e] vs. [i] distinction is the
>> only thing showing the difference between words like [neva] and
>> [niva]. Are these minimal pairs? Are [e] and [i] separate phonemes?
>> Based just on what you told us, I'd say that /e/ and /i/ are
>> separate phonemes, and that the voiceless phenomenon you
>> witnessed is simply an accident.
>> Of course, we've only seen two pieces of data...
> I could give you quite a bit of data on this one, but it all follows
> pretty much the same pattern.
> - [tes] > [teza]
> - [tiz] > [tiza]
> - [kef] > [kiva]
> - [kev] > [keva]
Okay, that was backwards. Let's try again:
- [tes] > [teza]
- [tiz] > [tiza]
- [kef] > [keva]
- [kiv] > [kiva]