ail101.mohawklanguage - 3. From listening to the...

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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon Mohawk language From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mohawk is a Native American language spoken in the United States . It is part of the Iroquoian family spoken in the Western U.S. Phonology Based on sound files available at , the phoneme inventory appears to be as follows (using SAMPA notation): Consonants 1. There are no bilabials (unless one counts /w/ as labial rather than velar). 2. It's unclear if aspiration is phonemic or a realization of C + /h/; probably the latter as ‘nh’ is /n/ + /h/, and ‘sh’ is /s/ + /h/ ( not SAMPA /S/).
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Unformatted text preview: 3. From listening to the syllabification of careful speech, I also assume that orthographic 'ts' is indeed an affricate, since 'tsh' corresponds to SAMPA /tS/ - though it raises the question of why not use a single symbol for each of these? (After all, with such a small inventory, there are lots of Latin letters available!) Dental Palatal Velar Glottal Stop t k ? Affricate ts tS Fricative s h Nasal n Liquids l w Vowels 1. Length is contrastive. 2. Nasalization is contrastive. 3. There appear to be a high and low tone. (See tonal language .) Front Central Back High i Mid E o Low a...
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course AML 101 taught by Professor Anon during the Spring '05 term at Lane.

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