Unvoiced vs devoiced

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Unvoiced vs devoiced

Unread post by Brus » Mon Jan 05, 2015 3:58 pm

I thought I saw this on the Akerbeltz site, but I can't find it now.

Supposedly there's a difference (presumably subtle) between unvoiced consonants and devoiced consonants.

Can anyone tell me what it is?



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Re: Unvoiced vs devoiced

Unread post by akerbeltz » Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:48 pm

There's none. It's just linguistic nit-picking over whether a word like bad has two voiceless stops i.e. /p/ and /t̪/ or whethere they are devoiced /b̊/ and d̪̊/. The first might be closer to what a neutral (i.e. one who doesn't 'do' Gaelic) phonetician might transcribe, the latter what a more Gaelic oriented phonetician might transcribe due to the historical devoicing of these sounds and some other marginal features which make this approach a bit more ... workable.

What comes out of your mouth is, to all intents and purposes, the same.

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