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LINGUIST List 22.3040

Wed Jul 27 2011

Qs: Pharyngealised/Velarised Laterals and Stops

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        1.     Daniela Müller , Pharyngealised/Velarised Laterals and Stops

Message 1: Pharyngealised/Velarised Laterals and Stops
Date: 27-Jul-2011
From: Daniela Müller <daniela.mulleruniv-tlse2.fr>
Subject: Pharyngealised/Velarised Laterals and Stops
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Dear colleagues,

I am preparing a thesis on lateral sounds and was wondering which
languages contrast a pharyngealised or velarised (i.e., dark) lateral
with a pharyngealised or velarised voiced alveolar or dental stop. I am
aware that Arabic has such a contrast in its emphatic /l/ and /d/, but to
my knowledge it is not fully phonemic, in that the emphatic lateral only
occurs next to other emphatic consonants, in the word for God, and
only a few minimal pairs exist to support the claim of emphatic /l/ and
/d/ standing in parallel distribution.

Are there any other languages in which pharyngealised or velarised /l/
and /d/ contrast, either fully or marginally? Are there any languages in
which one is clearly an allophone of the other?

Of course, I will post a summary of the answers.

Best regards,

Daniela Müller

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

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