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Re: Why Consonants?

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, February 19, 2007, 16:27
On Sat, Feb 17, 2007 at 02:06:36PM -0800, Leon Lin wrote:
> Hi, > > H. S. Teoh wrote: > >Or, for that matter, look at Pinyin. > ??? I don't get what you mean by that. Pinyin has little vowels.
I was referring to letter forms. Your original obeservation about ascenders/descenders is really only valid for the English alphabet.
> >Consonants' POA (point-of-articulation) are more well-defined... > > I agree, but there a lot less distinguishable, at least to me...
[...] Only in a noisy environment. Probably because they are not syllabic peaks (or tend not to be), and so they are easily distorted by background noise. But many more contrasts can be made in consonants than vowels. T -- The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the world. -- Anonymous