HW4 - Introduction to Linguistics Homework 4 (100 points)...

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1 Introduction to Linguistics Homework 4 (100 points) Due Wednesday, July 7 th at the beginning of class (Don’t forget to transcribe your name! – 2 pts.) Airstream mechanisms 1. (30 pts.) For phoneticians, one of the goals of studying how sound is physically produced in the vocal tract is to explain why certain sounds are rare or unattested in the world’s languages, while others are common. For instance, while many languages make use of implosive stop consonants, it appears that no language makes use of implosive fricatives , even though such sounds are physically possible. Why might this be? It has been hypothesized that languages develop implosives as a “solution” to the problem of maintaining modal voice during an oral stop consonant. Your job as a phonetician-in-training is to evaluate whether this hypothesis explains the apparent non-existence of implosive fricatives. In the course of your evaluation, please answer the following questions: a. What is the “voicing problem” for oral stops?
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HW4 - Introduction to Linguistics Homework 4 (100 points)...

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