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CONLANG  June 2004, Week 3

CONLANG June 2004, Week 3

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Re: Rotokas (was: California Cheeseburger)

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Joe <[log in to unmask]>

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Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 17 Jun 2004 21:18:51 +0100

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[log in to unmask] wrote:

>Mark P. Line scripsit:
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>>(If it had been said that Rotokas vowels occur *non-phonemically*
>>lengthened, then [a:] would just be an allophone of /a/. This is what
>>we have in English.)
>>
>>
>
>Well, in most Englishes. In Australian English, vowel length is phonemic
>(sample minimal pair: [kap] 'cup', [ka:p] 'carp').
>
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>

Indeed. My dialect of British English has three length distinctions.

/O/ vs /O:/ bot vs bought
/I/. vs /I:/(sometimes) bid vs. beard
/E/ vs /E:/ ken vs. cairn

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