phonemes (was: 'noun' and 'adjective')
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, March 4, 2006, 22:15|
Andreas Johansson wrote:
> Quoting "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>:
>>Also, the idea that there are phoneticians who dispute the very
>>existence of phonemes blows my mind. :)
> Our very own And Rosta is one of them, unless he's changed opinion without
> telling me.
Well, they don't exist, do they? As I understand it, they are strictly
language-dependent abstractions. While the phoneme theory is quite
useful in describing the way sounds are related in an individual
language they by no means IMO tell the whole story.
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