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On Wed, 15 Sep 1999 14:35:09 -0500 Carlos Thompson
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> One of the features of Hangkerimce is the existence of many
> allophonies,
> many of them are caused by sourronding sounds and accentuation, but
> also
> there are allophonies caused by the emphasis a morpheme has in the
> speech.
>
> Are there any natural language that has this kind of allophony
> present?
>
> -- Carlos Th

Well, Israeli Hebrew, a dialect that lacks the phoneme /3/ (`ayin), has
[3] as an allophone for the 'empty' ayin when emphasized.  So, you'd hear
a conversation like:

"[hu naga ba?ajin Seli]"
 (he touched my eye (3YN).)
"[ex j@xolim liNgoa b@ajin]? [ze xoser maSehu]"
 (how can you touch nothing (2YN)?  it's the lack of something)
"[lo], [ha3ajin Seli]"
 (no, my *eye*)

So /3ajin/ "eye" and /ajin/ "nothingness" are normally pronounced both
[ajin], but when emphasizing (or spelling a word out), the [3] appears.


-Stephen (Steg)
 "...vehe3avar ayin, vehe3atid 3adayin, vehahoveh keheref 3ayin -
  da2agah minayin?"

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