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Re: Allophone Problem

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 15:18

Do you ever get something like this?

 - [nef] > [niva]


On 6/6/07, Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...> 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? > > ____________________________________________________________ > PREVENT ACCESSING DANGEROUS WEBSITES - Protect your computer with Free Web Security Guard! > More information at >


Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...>