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Re: Number

From:daniel andreasson <daniel.andreasson@...>
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2001, 20:13
YHL wrote:

> <rueful look> If [M] is the "upside down m" (rendered in > Kirschenbaum as [u-]?)
Yes. The unrounded version of [u]. But wait, isn't [u-] the close rounded central vowel often described as "Swedish u"? *checking* No, that's right. I must have been thinking about SAMPA or something. *checking again* No. *scratching head* Where did I get the [M] = [u-] from? Hmm...
> I liked it too, but there was something in my > abortive attempt at taking a phonology/phonetics intro class that > suggested the [M] was asymmetric and it *should* be [u]. Then again, > I stole it off Japanese...I did want to keep it. <sigh> Do you > think the linguistics/phonology police might catch me if I changed it > back...?
Well, it works for Japanese doesn't it? I don't know much about Japanese, but don't they have [i] [e] [a] [o] [u-]? That would make it work for Czevraqis as well. Plus, who cares if it's assymetric? :)
> I was trying to figure out how in the heck you would hear a [?] > before a vowel <rueful look> since the prof for that class told us > that technically when you say a vowel (without something else before > it??) there's always a glottal stop, so if you said [qaItSaref] by > itself, how would you know? :-/ The somewhat tentative fix for that > was to make {q} [?] between two vowels, [x] otherwise. <looking > around hopefully>
LOL! :) I think that if a language makes a phonemic distinction between words that begin with just a vowel and words that can begin with a glottal stop, then the speakers can probably without any problems pronounce a word beginning in a vowel without the glottal stop. Although your tentative fix seems fine to me. <nodding encouragingly> :) ||| daniel, going back to watch the world championships in Edmonton on TV. Go Sweden!!!