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By San Duanmu

ISBN-10: 019966496X

ISBN-13: 9780199664962

This e-book outlines a approach of phonological good points that's minimally enough to tell apart all consonants and vowels within the languages of the realm. The vast facts is drawn from datasets with a mixed overall of approximately a thousand sound inventories.

The interpretation of phonetic transcriptions from various languages is a long-standing challenge. during this e-book, San Duanmu proposes an answer that will depend on the suggestion of distinction: X and Y are varied sounds if and provided that they distinction in a few language. He specializes in an easy strategy to interpret empirical facts: for every phonetic measurement, all inventories are searched for you to make certain the maximal variety of contrasts required. moreover, each strange characteristic or additional measure of
contrast is re-examined to verify its validity. The ensuing function process is strangely uncomplicated: fewer good points are wanted than formerly proposed, and for every function, a two-way distinction is enough. however, the notion is trustworthy in that the inspiration of distinction is uncontroversial, the
procedure is particular, and the result's repeatable. The ebook additionally bargains dialogue of non-contrastive ameliorations among languages, sound periods, and complicated sounds reminiscent of affricates, consonant-glide devices, consonant-liquid devices, contour tones, pre-nasalized stops, clicks, ejectives, and implosives.

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