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At 02:29 25.1.2004, Roger Mills wrote:
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>RM:  No. IPA [c] to me is a peculiar beast-- it's a voiceless stop,
>basically a k but with the central part of the tongue contacting quite far
>forward on the hard palate. Rather like the k of Engish "key".  If you can
>hear any of the IPA websites, it seems in some cases to have a bit of a
>y-like release, similar to but not as noticeable as in English
>"cute".  There is a voiced counterpart, IPA "j with a crossbar", roughly
>like English g in "geese".  Personally I suspect these occur mainly as
>allophones of phonemic /k/ before front vowels, but if there are languages
>where the two are distinctive, I'm sure someone will tell us.
>

Icelandic has the triplet _ekki_ ['Ehc:I] 'not',
_ekkja_ ['Ehc:a] 'widow', _ekkju_ ['Ehc:Y] 'widow's' (gen.)
In the orthography [c] is always _k_ followed by a
front vowel or _kj_, but phonetically there's no
off-glide.

/BP 8^)
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