[ExI] Rule of Law or of Men?

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 25 13:41:15 UTC 2012


2012/2/24 Henry Rivera <hrivera at alumni.virginia.edu>:
> I'm not sure how many of you are being serious about the medial labial
> reference, but in the event that someone out there is confused about the
> meaning, I'll clear it up. I learned this in a linguistics class in college
> and probably haven't used it since. Labial refers to the oral place of
> articulation in phonetics. Others are 1. Exo-labial, 2. Endo-labial, 3.
> Dental, 4. Alveolar, 5. Post-alveolar, 6. Pre-palatal, 7. Palatal, 8. Velar,
> 9. Uvular, 10. Pharyngeal, 11. Glottal, 12. Epiglottal, 13. Radical, 14.
> Postero-dorsal, 15. Antero-dorsal, 16. Laminal, 17. Apical, 18. Sub-apical.
> In practice, one  combines that with the manner of articulation to describe
> sounds such as labiodental fricative, which is the "f" sound in the word
> foxtrot, and labiodental nasal, which is the "m" sound in the name Mike. In
> the context of the evolution of the word woman, I think the text is
> referring to the consonants literally in the middle of the word "werman"
> merging, which is confusing because at first I thought it was referring to a
> specialized category of the labial place of articulation. However, those are
> limited to Bilabial, Labial-velar, Labial-coronal, Labiodental, and
> Dentolabial. There is no medial-labial.

That was cool.  Thanks Henry.



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