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Subject: Re: Mystery Phoneme

At 12:35 18.12.2003, Florian Rivoal wrote:

>but none of my chinese books has a specific term for indicating that the
>tip of the down is behind the lower teeth. they indicate it with a full
>sentence.

I read in a book once that all Russian palatalized
consonants differ from their unpalatalized counterparts
in this feature.  It actually helped me to get
palatalization right.  Long after I discovered that
the main difference between Swedish /s\/ and
German [C] is in this respect.  The Swedish sound
has a sibilance resulting from the air passing over
the edges of the lower teeth, which the German sound
lacks.



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Subject: Re: Mystery Phoneme

At 01:48 17.12.2003, Isidora Zamora wrote:

>The two sounds are not contrastive in Danish.  (I'm not certain that Danish
>even has the more normal type of alveolar.)

Well Danish *does* have a surface distinction
between [s] /s/ and [s\] _sj_.


/BP 8^)
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