LINGUIST List 15.1800

Mon Jun 14 2004

Qs: English Phonemes; Relevance Theory

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  1. Stefan Th. Gries, Looking for a phoneme similarity matrix
  2. Michael Kliffer, Relevance Theory Intro

Message 1: Looking for a phoneme similarity matrix

Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 09:33:02 +0200
From: Stefan Th. Gries <STGriessitkom.sdu.dk>
Subject: Looking for a phoneme similarity matrix

Dear all

I am looking for a phoneme similarity matrix of English. In the ideal
case, this would be a table with all English phonemes as row and
column names and each data point would be a measure of similarity
(ranging from 0 for complete dissimilarity to 1 for identical phonemes
in the main diagonal). Again ideally, the similarity of the phonemes
would derive from something like 'articulatory similarity' and/or
'production cost of moving from one phoneme to the next' such that,
e.g., plosives would be very different from glides and more similar to
fricatives.

Does anybody know whether such a matrix exists and where/how to obtain
it? (I'll post a summary of responses.) Thanks a lot in advance.

Stefan Th. Gries STGriessitkom.sdu.dk

IFKI, Southern Denmark University
http://people.freenet.de/Stefan_Th_Gries
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Message 2: Relevance Theory Intro

Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 12:09:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: Michael Kliffer <kliffermcmaster.ca>
Subject: Relevance Theory Intro

Can anybody recommend an introduction to Relevance Theory short enough
to be covered in about 2 weeks? It's for a third-year introductory
Pragmatics course taken by linguistics and communication studies
majors. If there is enough interest, I will post a summary. Thanks.

Mike Kliffer
kliffermcmaster.ca
McMaster University 
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