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Nik Taylor wrote:

> Aidan Grey wrote:
> > fric            f/v     th/dh   s       sh      h       ch
>
> Any particular reason why there's no voiced equivalents of "s", "sh",
> "h", or "ch"?
>
> > As in English, these
> > consonants are all aspirated, except when geminated.
>
> Are they actually geminated?  It doesn't appear so from your examples,
> you wrote [pata], not [pat:a] for patta.

It can be phonologically geminated without being phonetically geminated.
Analogously, English "voiced" stops are really only very lightly voiced, and it's
debatable whether voicing is, indeed, the primary acoustic characteristic English
speakers use to differentiate /b/ from /p/, say.

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