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Vertical, monovocalic and other impossible vowel systems: a review of the articulation of the Kabardian vowels.

Wood, Sidney A J LU (1991) In Studia Linguistica 45(1-2). p.49-70
Abstract
The North West Caucasian language Kabardian has a minimal vowel system, the analysis of which has engendered significant controversy. Phonetically, Kabardian is interesting for the extensive assimilation of its few vowel phonemes to the surrounding consonants. Two published descriptions of these assimilations by J. C. Catford ("The Kabardian Language," Maitre Phonetique, 3rd series, 1942, 77, 15-18) & A. H. Kuipers (Phoneme and Morpheme in Kabardian, The Hague: Mouton, 1962) are compared, & the articulatory processes involved are reinterpreted in terms of gestures that shape & tune the vocal tract. The unexpected complexity of the assimilations is accounted for through the spectral ambiguity of some palatovelar &... (More)
The North West Caucasian language Kabardian has a minimal vowel system, the analysis of which has engendered significant controversy. Phonetically, Kabardian is interesting for the extensive assimilation of its few vowel phonemes to the surrounding consonants. Two published descriptions of these assimilations by J. C. Catford ("The Kabardian Language," Maitre Phonetique, 3rd series, 1942, 77, 15-18) & A. H. Kuipers (Phoneme and Morpheme in Kabardian, The Hague: Mouton, 1962) are compared, & the articulatory processes involved are reinterpreted in terms of gestures that shape & tune the vocal tract. The unexpected complexity of the assimilations is accounted for through the spectral ambiguity of some palatovelar & pharyngovelar configurations. (Less)
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  author       = {Wood, Sidney A J},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1-2},
  pages        = {49--70},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Studia Linguistica},
  title        = {Vertical, monovocalic and other impossible vowel systems: a review of the articulation of the Kabardian vowels.},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {1991},
}