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Question on Assimilation

This is less of an absolute classification, and more just a description of what's happening in a particular circumstance in a particular language. Assimilation means one thing is becoming more like ...
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Correlation Between Voicing and Place of Articulation?

A better way to put it is that it's more difficult to maintain voicing in stops at the back of the mouth. Voicing requires a drop in pressure across the glottis, and stops close off the oral cavity. ...
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Are there any natural languages in which /ʂ/ and /ʃ/ are distinct phonemes?

Gwitch'in has two whole separate series of postalveolars and retroflexes
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Is IPA obsolete?

The IPA clearly plays an important role: we need to be able to write pronunciation in an unambiguous way. But maybe we can improve on it. First of all, IPA looks like a math formula, with all its ...
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Impact of native language on glossolalia

There are a few published papers, but not many, and a prominent problem with such studies is that they are not carried out by experienced linguists, except in the case of William Samarin. The above-...
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Impact of native language on glossolalia

The “tongues” Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians are producing today is an entirely self-created phenomenon. It is non-cognitive non-language utterance; random free vocalization based upon a ...
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How to organize a phonology?

This is very much an opinion question, but I have one. The first thing you need to do is decide whether you mean "Wikipedia phonology" or "professional phonology". I have nothing ...
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Are there languages which have h following a consonant, that contrasts with aspiration?

I'm not sure whether your question is specific to bh, or, as in the introductory sentence, covers "all languages". You mention "sound sequences", and reading your comment "...
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Are there languages which have h following a consonant, that contrasts with aspiration?

IPA distinguishes [bʰ] and [bh], the former being aspiration of [b], the latter being a cluster "b plus h". As for "mh", the diaresis-below diacritic serves as the indicator of a ...
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How is phonology language specific?

The assertion is so broad that it is both true and false, depending. In this case the instructor tells you the statement is true, so you are to disregard the considerations showing that it is false, ...
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