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Specializations => Phonetics and Phonology => Topic started by: mallu on September 16, 2020, 12:21:17 PM

Title: Does the short & long vowels differ only in duration?
Post by: mallu on September 16, 2020, 12:21:17 PM
Hi All, I have a question about the difference between short and long vowel. DO they differ only in the duration of utterance, or there are any other distinctive qualities ?
Title: Re: Does the short & long vowels differ only in duration?
Post by: panini on September 17, 2020, 07:05:04 AM
It depends on which language you are asking about. In American and British English there are quality differences that go with quantity differences, likewise Arabic and Dogri. Indian English is different enough that I just do not know (I don;t even know how uniform Indian English is). In Luganda and Japanese, there are quantity differences with the same quality, and in Akan there are quality differences without quantify differences; then in Dinka there are completely independent quantity and quality differences.