Three-Way Contrast of Secondary Articulations in PIE
David L. White
dlwhite at texas.net
Tue Apr 3 03:54:56 UTC 2001
> At 04:35 PM 3/25/01 -0600, David L. White wrote:
>> My point is that to speak of "plain" consonants existing in such a system
>> is in a sense non-sensical, because "plain" in effect means "as in a
>> language without secondary articulations",
> In this context I would more likely read it as meaning "lacking overt
What does that mean? Co-articulations and secondary articulations
are in a sense opposites, and of the two it is secondary articulations that
are "overt", in the sense of always being phonemic, with one
interesing-to-bizarre exception (that I know of): in Bangkok Thai,
velarization is used to signal "threatening voice" (since all things being
equal it makes the speaker sound bigger), but never distinguishes words.
Co-articulations, by contrast, are "covert", being below the threshold of
user-awareness, and are just the result of the phonetic implementation of a
given language on the interface (so to speak, sorry) between that language's
vowels and consonants.
I hope most of what I would say in response to the rest of this
posting is said in my other response on the same subject.
Dr. David L. White
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