On Apr 25, 2008, at 10:20 PM, Eric Christopherson wrote: > On Apr 25, 2008, at 9:52 PM, Paul Bennett wrote: > >> The World Atlas of Language Structures is now available for free >> online, in a nifty Google Maps powered form. >> >> http://www.wals.info/ >> >> I cannot succinctly explain it, except to place it at least on the >> same level as STARLING, IEIOL, indo-european.nl, and the Rosetta >> Project on my list of awesome linguistics resources. > > Indeed it is cool! But it says that Spanish shows voicing contrast > in fricatives and not plosives :/ I hadn't actually *read* what it has to say about Spanish, which is: > Note that Spanish is not treated as having a voicing contrast in > plosives since the sounds written with the letters b, d, g are not > pronounced as plosives in most of their occurrences in speech but > as voiced fricatives or approximants. Spanish therefore belongs to > the final group of languages in this classification, those with a > voicing contrast in fricatives but not in plosives. > I don't know whether to buy this or not. There are cases where they occur as voiced stops (unlike in e.g. Greek).