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Consider the distribution of [h], [] and [] in Japanese:

Consider the distribution of [h], [ɸ] and [ʧ] in Japanese:
ʧito ‘person’ ɸɯne ‘ship’
haha ‘mother’ hon ‘book’
ʧiɸɯ ‘skin’ haʃi ‘chopsticks’
asaʧi ‘morning sun’ hohei ‘infantryman’
heta ‘awkward’ ɸɯhenɸɯto „neutrality‟
([ɸ] is a voiceless bilabial fricative and [ɯ] is an unrounded high back vowel).
Consider whether [h], [ɸ] and [ʧ] are allophones of different phonemes, or allophones of a single phoneme.
If they are allophones of different phonemes, provide minimal pairs. If they are allophones of the same phoneme, state the rule that derives the allophones.

This question was asked on Mar 29, 2010.

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