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LINGUIST List 17.1865

Fri Jun 23 2006

Qs: The Alphabet and Sounds of USA English; Voice Onset Time

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        1.    Tom Zurinskas, The Alphabet and Sounds of USA English
        2.    Alan Huffman, Voice Onset Time

Message 1: The Alphabet and Sounds of USA English
Date: 17-Jun-2006
From: Tom Zurinskas <tzurinskasyahoo.com>
Subject: The Alphabet and Sounds of USA English

I have written a book ''The Alphabet and Sounds of USA English - Truespel
Book 4'' which counts the letters and phonemes as used in general media
(newspapers). It found that the letter ''e'' is used most, and letter ''z'' least,
while the sound ''n'' ~n is used most and the sound ~zh as in ''vision''
~vizhin is used least. The database is huge and represents about 90% of
the words on a page, so the results are definitive. A sound-spelling table
shows the top six ways each phoneme is spelled. I wonder if there are
comparison data I could peruse.

Thanks, Tom Z

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Message 2: Voice Onset Time
Date: 17-Jun-2006
From: Alan Huffman <ahuffmancitytech.cuny.edu>
Subject: Voice Onset Time

Can anyone give me references from the acoustic-phonetic literature on the
question of Voice Onset Time of fricatives versus VOT of aspirated stops?
Thank you.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

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