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USAGE: Voicing and aspiration (was: "Transferral" verb form ...)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, June 27, 2002, 1:09
Tim May scripsit:

> Is the kind of link between voicing and aspiration seen in English > common? That is, in languages where only one of these is regarded as > phonemic, is it common for the other to correlate with it to that > degree?
Certainly not uncommon. The other Germanic languages do it, and so does Celtic. Mandarin comes at it from the other direction: aspiration is controlling and voice/voiceless is heard as nonasp/asp, as in Pinyin writing where "b" = [p] and "p" = [p_h]. But then in the Romance languages aspiration is unknown, and in Indic languages aspiration and voicing vary separately ("voiced aspirated" is really aspiration followed by a murmured vowel). -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_


Tim May <butsuri@...>