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Re: another (phonolgy) question

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, April 1, 1999, 21:55
"J. Barefoot" wrote:
> > Got another question. > Are there any natural languages that make a distinction in > aspirated/non-aspirated vowels?
What do you mean by "aspirated vowels"? Do you mean voiceless vowels? There are some natlangs that have that phonemically, altho I can't think of any examples right now. Japanese has it allophonically with /i/ and /u/. I don't know the rules exactly, but it only occurs between voiceless consonants. -- "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