Phonemic, Phonetic, and Phonemetic

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Phonemic, Phonetic, and Phonemetic

Post by eldin raigmore » 26 Dec 2017 21:12

Several places on the web discuss the difference between phonemic and phonetic. This is one of them, for instance.

There might be a portmanteau word, "phonemetic".
What would it study?
Sounds made via reverse peristalsis, perhaps?

Anyone have anything to suggest?

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Re: Phonemic, Phonetic, and Phonemetic

Post by Creyeditor » 03 Jan 2018 20:54

Okay, so what is 'phonemic'? It is about abstract units that are contrastive (there are minimal pairs) and distinctive (you can perceive the difference).
What is phonetics? Maybe it is about concrete units that are (on their own) neither contrative nor distinctive?
That would leave some space in between for things that are either contrastive, but not distinctive (incomplete neutralization) or distinctive, but not contrastive (like the one language I read about where hal of the word initial /b/'s are prenasalized, but there is absolutely no minimal pair). These could be phonemetic.
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Re: Phonemic, Phonetic, and Phonemetic

Post by gestaltist » 04 Jan 2018 11:09

Interesting, Cray. What about a situation where the phonemic inventory can be reduced via morphophonology?

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Re: Phonemic, Phonetic, and Phonemetic

Post by Creyeditor » 04 Jan 2018 14:16

Well, people have called these units morphophonemes, so it's a similar spirit.
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Re: Phonemic, Phonetic, and Phonemetic

Post by eldin raigmore » 05 Jan 2018 01:05

Creyeditor wrote:
03 Jan 2018 20:54
.... That would leave some space in between for things that are either contrastive, but not distinctive (incomplete neutralization) or distinctive, but not contrastive (like the one language I read about where hal of the word initial /b/'s are prenasalized, but there is absolutely no minimal pair). These could be phonemetic.
Thanks, Creyeditor.

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