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Re: Allophone Problem

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Sunday, June 10, 2007, 16:06

David J. Peterson writes:
> Henrik wrote: > << > Actually, I doubt there is, in the vast majority of German dialects, > any difference of final -/d/ and final -/t/. My dialect for one, I am > sure, has a perfect merger. If I don't know a spelling, it is > impossible for me to judge how to write that word without checking > related forms with a following vowel. > >> > > Well, that's exactly the thing, though. They ran experiments > with people just like you who never doubted that the words > were identical, and they consistently were able to spot which > one ended in a voiced consonant and which one a voiceless > (they tested the results statistically, and all that).
Interesting. It is a bit puzzling, though. How can the speech center produce different phones when for the rest of the brain, they are identical? I could imagine the reverse case, when the human is sure there is a difference when there really is none in the audio data, but the other way around contradicts my intuition. I think I will have a read some papers then. **Henrik


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