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.