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On Thu, 1 Apr 1999, Nik Taylor wrote:

> "J. Barefoot" wrote:
> >
> > Got another question.
> > Are there any natural languages that make a distinction in
> > aspirated/non-aspirated vowels?
>
> What do you mean by "aspirated vowels"?  Do you mean voiceless vowels?
> There are some natlangs that have that phonemically, altho I can't think
> of any examples right now.  Japanese has it allophonically with /i/ and
> /u/.  I don't know the rules exactly, but it only occurs between
> voiceless consonants.

I think cherokee (or is it Cheyanne?) has voiceless vowels.  So does my
Telu'at'a.