Re: USAGE: minimum number of vowels?
|From:||Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 27, 2004, 19:41|
Mark J. Reed jazdI:
> My question: do any languages recognize *fewer* than three vowel
> qualities - two or even just one? If so, which vowel(s) tend(s)
> to be "missing"?
My Linguistic Dictionary (Moscow, 1990) says that some North Caucasian
langs (Abkhaz, Abazin etc.) have only two vowel *phonemes*: low /a/ and
high /@/, but from what I saw in text samples, those are realized as a
good bunch of vowels (5 and more) conditioned by the quality of
surrounding consonants: palatalization, labialization, glottalization