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Re: THEORY: [THEORY: Allophones]

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 6, 1999, 2:53
Edward Heil wrote:
> Sure. In American English, most vowels have schwa as an allophone in > unstressed environments.
> Or am I blurring the boundaries between allophony and phonological > rules here?
In this case, I think you are, since schwa is a separate phoneme. Most people have (some of the) vowels in unstressed position, such as /'lej.di/ or /'p&.siN/ (passing). Thus, the many cases of unstressed vowels becoming schwa is merely a phonological rule. IF schwa was the only possible vowel in unstressed position, thus /'lej.d@/ and /'p&.s@N/, then you'd be right in calling schwa a shared allophone. -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-name: NikTailor