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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.