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For the next example look back at the discussion of voice assimilation in English in section 5.

An Introduction to Phonology

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The upshot of this discussion is that one important aspect of linguistic knowledge is the knowledge of the func- tional phonological units which occur in one’s language – the knowledge of the segments which can be arranged in different patterns to form words. Ladefogedciting Whiteley and Mulireports that Kikamba phonemically contrasts four degrees of vowel length: In fast, causal spoken English, for instance, alveolar consonants are usually palatalised when they occur at the end of a word and are followed by another word which begins with an alveo- palatal consonant: Phonetics in some form is usually one of the subjects studied at drama school.

It is also necessary to determine the location of the highest point on the horizontal axis: We saw at the end of Chapter 2 that phonological systems tend to be symmetrical and that a limited number of phonetic parameters, taken from a fairly small universal set recur in a variety of combinations in different languages.

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Likewise, in the Ewe example, the contrast in analogous environments test is worth attempting because [fj and [v] are both labiodental fricatives, only distinguished by voicing: The effect of the fronting is that the velar consonant is made partly in the palatal region. The incorrect spelling is, in fact, phonetically well matamba.


Whether it is realised as [il-] or as something else depends on the first consonant of the root to which it is prefixed. The phonetic properties of vowels surveyed in this section are conventionally represented in this diagram: Instead of making two articulatory gestures the speaker only makes one and holds it for a longer period.

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There tends to be a significant degree of sound- meaning correspondence between languages descended from a c o m m o n ancestor. No trivia or quizzes yet. But, although in principle kaatamba is no significance in the label given to a phoneme, it would be perverse to make a determined effort to avoid mnemonic labels: The effect of this rule is to make words like at and hat sound exactly the same.

Stress and intonation Log In Sign Up. These feature combinations e.

This is largely because there is no noticeable obstruction in the vocal tract during their production. Effary Mponzi rated it it was amazing Apr 18, So it is in phonology.

Oct 31, Max N’dri rated it it was amazing. It is unusual for a language to have segments with combinations of features other than those predicted by universal segment structure constraints. Notes Includes bibliographical references p.

What advan- tages has the symmetrical system got over the asymmetrical one? Becoming literate involves, among other things, mastering one particular rough-and-ready scheme of analysis for the phonetics of a given language. Introduction intdoduction phonetics 2.

The following sound types are distributed: Sounds are classified as separate phonemes if they are responsible for a difference in meaning in a minimal pair. However, between two nasal consonants, or before a nasal plus consonant ho like [nd], nasalised vowels would be too. In English and indeed in most other languagesthe feature [ — back] cannot be combined with the feature [-round].


There are numerous phonological operations as you will discover as you work your way through the book which re-arrange, add or delete indi- vidual consonant and vowel segments of a word rather than some larger pieces such as syllables.

True, the phonetic features which specify the phonetic realisation of a given feature, say voicing of stops in English, could be put on a multivalued scale like: Another language may well have three targets on this particular dimension indeed, many languages have. To this day, the Bell Telephone Laboratories in America remain at the forefront of acoustic phonetics research.

The production of speech 3 If, on the other hand, the vocal cords are very close together, the air will blow them apart as it forces its way through. If you look back at the data in [2. The motivation for using rules to account for the fact that there is no limit to the number of possible sentences that a language can contain is obvious: To study phonetics is, partly, to learn to penetrate beyond that fiction to the chaotic wealth of slightly different sounds that we actually use.

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