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A few phonetics-related q's

From:Trebor Jung <treborjung@...>
Date:Monday, September 13, 2004, 21:34
In a word like /anta/, would it be more likely that it's pronounced [anda]
or [an_0ta]?

If a language has a rule (a) /s/ is [S] before /i/ and (b) /s/ is [z]
intervocalically, would it be more likely that a word like /asi/ be
pronounced [azi] or [aZi] or even [aSi]?

French nasal vowels can differ from their oral counterparts, cf. [i] ~ [e~].
Is there an articulatory/acoustic precedence for this? What are some
oral-nasal correspondances for /i/, /e/, /A/, etc.?

How could vowel harmony (any type) develop in a language? Also, does anyone
have examples of e.g. vowel harmony in Niger-Congo (or Niger-Cordofanian?
etc.) languages? I've read Akan has this, but know nothing about it...

"Oysters are a fine thing, so are strawberries: but mashed together?"


Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>