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.
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