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Two retroflex series?

From:Pablo David Flores <pablo-flores@...>
Date:Monday, December 23, 2002, 16:55
Dear folks,

I just received a question from a website reader and would
like to know if any of you know the answer. It goes like this:

> I would like to add a series of retroflexes to the language. I was > wondering if there are any natural languages that distinguish points of > articulation between different sets of retroflexes, such as a series of > retroflex stops with tounge reaching for top of hard-palate versus a series > with toung reaching for soft-palate?
My idea is that the latter are fairly uncomfortable and probably not contrastive enough, but am I right? I remember having read somewhere that some natlang distinguishes two degrees of retroflexion for *vowels*, do any of you know of that? --Pablo Flores Kudmibakomo This silence makes Yetie wo yizut nuti The stars more beautiful Arab umnuo jho The teeth in your mouth


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