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On Thu, 19 Nov 1998, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Frank George Valoczy wrote:
> > ;m - close back unrounded
> > u - close back rounded
>
> Cool, I'd been wondering if there were languages with a phonemic
> distinction between those two, I figured there must've been.
>
> > Lithuanian vowels
> >
> > a - open front unrounded
> > a: - long a
> > E - open mid front unrounded
> > e - close-mid front unrounded
> > i - close front unrounded
> > i: - long close mid front unrounded
> > o - close mid back unrounded
> > O: - long open mid back unrounded
> > u - close back rounded
> > u: - long close back rounded
>
> Interesting, should /E/ have been /E:/ (I'm just thinking that from the
> pattern of /o/ vs. /O:/, and the other length contrasts, I know nothing
> of Lithuanian itself).

actually, /e/ can be long or short, /E/ is only short.

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