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THEORY: Voiceless vowels [was Re: Missing Parts]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Saturday, June 29, 2002, 18:37
Quoting Christopher B Wright <faceloran@...>:

> Philip Newton sekalge: > >Would that mean a language without vowels? > > Yes. Vowels are voiced.
As I said in my previous post, this is not always true. In some languages, vowels may be devoiced allophonically. In Japanese, this occurs IIRC intervocalically between voiceless obstruents and word finally. In the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan family, voiceless vowels occur word-finally. I am not aware of any languages that phonemically contrast these with voiced vowels, although I wouldn't be shocked if there were some. ===================================================================== Thomas Wier "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers


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