[Spellyans] Phonemic inventory

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Fri Jul 4 09:00:53 IST 2008


At 07:48 +0000 2008-07-04, Jon Mills wrote:

>Such pairs would not determine whether or not schwa is a phoneme.

Sorry, Jon, my query about <áles> v. <alés> was 
unrelated to schwa. This is a second question. I 
ought to have made that clearer.

>Minimal contrast has to be in the same 
>environment. If in one of the pair the syllable 
>is stressed and in the other the syllable is 
>unstressed then the envirnoment is different.

English <cónsole> 'confortya' and <consóle> 
'alwhedhel' differ in terms of stress (with the 
difference of [kOn] in the former and [k at n] in 
the latter.
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Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com




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