On Wed, 15 Sep 1999 14:35:09 -0500 Carlos Thompson <[log in to unmask]> writes: > 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  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  appears. -Stephen (Steg) "...vehe3avar ayin, vehe3atid 3adayin, vehahoveh keheref 3ayin - da2agah minayin?" ___________________________________________________________________ Get the Internet just the way you want it. Free software, free e-mail, and free Internet access for a month! Try Juno Web: http://dl.www.juno.com/dynoget/tagj.