Christophe Grandsire wrote: > En réponse à Garth Wallace <[log in to unmask]>: > >>I thought lax/tense distinctions only applied to vowels. > > Why should it? If I understood correctly, it's just a matter of muscular > tension. Why should it be restricted to vowels? Well, I just started reading _Phonology_ by Roger Lass, and in the first chapter he states, "there is no theory in which tongue position is 'relevant' for labiodental fricatives." I was under the impression that lax/tense had to do with the tongue.