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Jesse Bangs scripsit:

> Why do people often think of the voiceless sounds as "hard" and the
> voiced ones as "soft"?  I've always thought of it the other way around.

Maybe because English voiceless stops are also aspirated, which makes them
more emphatic than their voiced counterparts?

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