consonant system

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Noun1.consonant system - the system of consonants used in a particular language
phonemic system - the system of phonemes recognized in a language
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Part I opens with Rodriguez-Romero's chapter discussing the phonological behaviour of yod in simple and complex syllable onsets; the author argues against its treatment as part of the consonant system despite the sound's phonetic properties.
There is no voicing opposition in the Finnish consonant system. Loanwords do have voiced plosives/stops (/b/, /d/, and /g/) as in <debyytti> (debut) and <biologia> (biology), but many Finns do not voice them anyway.
The topics include a diachronic account of aspiration in the Burmese phonological system, highlights in the decipherment of the Nam language, verbs of existence in Tangut and Mu-nya, features of the Tangut consonant system as reflected in Sanskrit-Tangut transliterations, and the origin of the headless script (dbu med) in Tibet.
Studies on the Development of the Consonant System.--FUF XXXI, 1-91.
The aim of this paper is to offer a comparative study of the consonant system of Pakistani Standard English (PSE) and British Standard English (BSE).
Chuxnaban Mixe has a relatively simple consonant system and a complex vowel system with a phonemic vowel length distinction and a phonemic phonation contrast between plain, aspirated, and glottalized vowels.
In the fifth article in the book part on political and historical borders, Larissa Naiditch provides an overview of the consonant system in Mennonite Low German.
triliteralism), the Proto-Semitic consonant system, and the genetic classification of the Semitic languages.
And in the sample that we analyzed, gemination did not appear to be systematic: it seemed to be restricted to only a smallnumber of consonants rather than involving the whole consonant system. A final argument is typological: it is unlikely that a language has a quantity opposition in consonants while lacking it in vowels, whereas the opposite case is quite common in languages of the world.
Because it is so close to the chance mean of 1.0 in a three-value system (no features shared, one feature shared, two features shared), it may be taken to suggest the absence of any significant effect, that is, the structure of the English consonant system is sensitive neither to similarity nor to contrast.
In Livonian, they appear phonetically voiced--which introduces a voiced/voiceless opposition into the consonant system. However, the voicedness of the voiced plosive geminates is supported by the fact that syllable nuclei preceding a voiced plosive geminate can carry the broken tone, which in turn means that the sequence of short vowel + voiced plosive is treated as a long syllable nucleus.