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The two types of "palatal" consonants in our conlangs

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Monday, May 13, 2002, 22:05
One of the features of the basic phonology of Tech is the distinction of two
"palatal-class" consonants, which is also made in languages as diverse as
Basque, Polish, Hungarian, Mandarin, Yi, blah blah blah.

There are four classes of "sibilant-range" affricates and fricatives, given

Alveolar: dz ts ts_> s z (n r l)
Postalveolar (retroflex): dZ tS tS_> S Z
Palatal: dz' ts' ts'_> s' z' (n' r' l')
Lateral: dl tK tK_> K l

What other natlangs and conlangs have at least the distinction of the
postalveolar and palatized sibilants (or the palatoalveolar and

~Danny~ "The geek shall inherit the earth."


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