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The question makes the standard assumption that language sounds have objectively comparable phonetic properties, which are described by some set of features, and that the "phonemic value" is whatever is underlyingly present, for example in the case of English surface [k kʲ k̚ kʰ] the presumed underlying phoneme is /k/, or the features describing a &...


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This isn't really an answer, but I'd like to poke at a few different aspects of the question and this is too long to be a comment. First, where are you getting 214 phonemes? Are you sure you aren't thinking of the 214 Kangxi radicals, as Colin Fine suggested? Most analyses I've seen have between 20 and 30 phonemes, depending how you interpret the vowels and ...


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