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Re: Phonotactics of languages
I think the overlap (or the lack thereof) of phonemes(*) across languages
is an interesting issue by itself. If one could categorize phonemes from a
purely acoustic perspective across languages, I would hypothesize that the
union of this set would reflect a large percentage of the phonetic
structure of most non-tonal languages.
I am interested particularly in American English and how acoustically
perceivable sounds containing sequences of phonemes not present in the
language are produced from a neural control standpoint.
(*) The notion of a phoneme is greatly debated and I dont want to quite
get into it. I just want to keep it simple and mean the smallest
acoustically dissociable units that comprise a language.
From: Tsth Laszls [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2002 3:54 AM
To: Satrajit S Ghosh
Subject: Re: Phonotactics of languages
On Thu, 31 Jan 2002, Satrajit S Ghosh wrote:
> I am looking for a source that describes phonotactics of languages. In
> particular, I am interested in phoneme clusters that are not permissible
> in American English but are allowed in other languages.
What about the special case that certain phonemes do not exist in one
language or the other? For example, I think that the vowel set of most
European languages differs from that of English.
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