By San Duanmu
The interpretation of phonetic transcriptions from assorted languages is a long-standing challenge. during this ebook, San Duanmu proposes an answer that is determined by the concept of distinction: X and Y are various sounds if and provided that they distinction in a few language. He specializes in an easy method to interpret empirical facts: for every phonetic size, all inventories are searched so as to make sure the maximal variety of contrasts required. furthermore, each strange function or additional measure of
contrast is re-examined to verify its validity. The ensuing function approach is unusually easy: fewer positive aspects are wanted than formerly proposed, and for every function, a two-way distinction is adequate. however, the concept is trustworthy in that the inspiration of distinction is uncontroversial, the
procedure is specific, and the result's repeatable. The e-book additionally bargains dialogue of non-contrastive transformations among languages, sound periods, and complicated sounds akin to affricates, consonant-glide devices, consonant-liquid devices, contour tones, pre-nasalized stops, clicks, ejectives, and implosives.
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