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Re: R: Re: R: Re: R: Re: /H/ (was: An Unknown Conlang)

From:DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>
Date:Sunday, July 23, 2000, 19:46
From: "Thomas R. Wier"

> No, not necessarily. All children are actually born with the ability > to distinguish all possible phones, but they lose this ability some > several months after birth as they acclimatize to their speech > environment. This latent ability could however be preserved in a few > individuals who have the phonetic equivalent of perfect pitch. Indeed, > analogously, people who speak languages which employ tonal phonemic > contrasts essentially all have perfect pitch.
You apparently have not endured an evening in a Chinese karaoke parlor. :) Kou