> Remember that IPA is not meant to represent every *possible* distinction,
> but only every *necessary* distinction in existent languages. For example,
> [j] represents both the approximant of English "yes" and the fricative
> of (some kinds of) Spanish "yo", because no known language makes a phonemic
> distinction between these sounds. If one were found, a new symbol would
> be introduced into IPA.
Huh? I've always thought that the curly-tailed [z] was the correct IPA
symbol for the Spanish sound. It's a voiced palatal fricative, just
barely different from the voiced palatal approximant [j]. I care because
my conlang has a phonemic difference between them! Any more info on this?
> John Cowan [log in to unmask]
> One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore
> --Douglas Hofstadter
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