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Re: Do phonemes = sounds?

Geewiz, Richard's question seems to open up the old Pandora's box (or can
of worms?): do phonemes exist or not? Is there any colleague who would like
to propose to conduct a poll?


PS: I am reluctant to propose it myself in fear of it becoming like
Evolution vs. Intelligent Design...

At 12:20 PM 6/6/2005, Richard H. wrote:

I keep seeing phonemes being referred to as if they are real sounds.

However I recollect seeing a discussion in a book which identified
phonemes as being abstract definitions/notations and NOT
representations of actual sounds.

So what's "the truth" here? Can computers create and/or recognise phomemes
.. or is the notation too abstract?