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By San Duanmu

This ebook outlines a procedure of phonological positive aspects that's minimally enough to tell apart all consonants and vowels within the languages of the area. The huge facts is drawn from datasets with a mixed overall of approximately one thousand sound inventories.

The interpretation of phonetic transcriptions from various languages is a long-standing challenge. during this publication, San Duanmu proposes an answer that will depend on the concept of distinction: X and Y are diverse sounds if and provided that they distinction in a few language. He makes a speciality of an easy method to interpret empirical info: for every phonetic size, all inventories are searched with the intention to make certain the maximal variety of contrasts required. additionally, each strange function or additional measure of
contrast is re-examined to substantiate its validity. The ensuing function method is strangely basic: fewer beneficial properties are wanted than formerly proposed, and for every function, a two-way distinction is adequate. however, the inspiration is trustworthy in that the idea of distinction is uncontroversial, the
procedure is particular, and the result's repeatable. The ebook additionally bargains dialogue of non-contrastive alterations among languages, sound sessions, and complicated sounds similar to affricates, consonant-glide devices, consonant-liquid devices, contour tones, pre-nasalized stops, clicks, ejectives, and implosives.

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