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zaba
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:53 pm
Post subject: Why do some consonant inventories distinguish btwn [+/-son]?
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while others distinguish between [+/- voice]? What are the factors that are relevant to such a distinction?
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MalFet
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:40 pm
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I'm not sure I follow what you mean. [voice] and [sonorant] are rather different features, and I can't imagine that any languages use the two use one or the other to fulfill roughly equivalent functions.

[voice] is a classic example of a feature that some languages use contrastively and others don't. [sonorant], on the other hand, tends to be important not for phoneme contrasts but in phontactic relationships.

Can you perhaps say more of what you're trying to do?
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lx
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:23 pm
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Same doubts as MalFet...
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