On Oct 21, 2008, at 12:27 PM, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote: > Lárus Finsson skrifaði: >> Den 20. okt. 2008 kl. 13.48 skreiv Benct Philip >> Jonsson: >>> mind you voiced--voiceless is not in phone_t_ic >>> an absolute opposition but an infinitely >>> variable scale, >> >> This I do not quite get. Voicing can be more or >> less pronounced, but fortisness cannot. There is >> still a simple opposition between lenisness and >> fortisness as far as I can see. > > Sure, in phonetic terms there either is vocal > chord vibration or there isn't, I think you meant to say "in phonological terms" here, right? In phonetic terms, voiced/voiceless is a continuum, with different amounts of vibration (and perhaps other variables like the distance of the vocal folds). But I don't know much more about that.