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Re: Linguistic Terminology

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 5, 1999, 20:16
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> Some Polynesian languages have only unvoiced consonnants, and no other > order.
As I replied to Kristian Jensen, their vowels are still voiced, so they contain both phonations, they're just not contrastive. However. she then pointed out Australian languages with no voiceless phonemes at all, so there are languages with *only* voiced, but none with *only* voiceless (even if the only voiced phonemes are vowels) -- "Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." -- Joseph Wood Krutch ICQ #: 18656696 AOL screen-name: NikTailor