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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.