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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 etc. -- Yitzik


Tristan Mc Leay <kesuari@...>