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  • Minimal Pairs are linguistically useful because they reveal?

    Select one:

    a. that sometimes things are the same, and sometimes they're different, but not by very much.

    b. that the sound-meaning relationship is arbitrary in natural language.

    c. that some words sound very much alike.

    d. which sounds are contrastive and unpredictable in a particular language.

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  • Examine the following phonetic data from Lumasaaba ?

    Examine the following phonetic data from Lumasaaba (a Bantu language), paying particular attention to the sounds [k] and [ʧ]. The symbol [ɲ] is a "palatal nasal" (i.e., a nasal produced with the tongue pushed up against the roof of the mouth). Some people have one in <onion> [əɲjən]. It is not critical that you understand this segment in detail to solve the problem...

          Lumasaaba English Translation

    1. [katemu] 'a small snake'

    2. [kuʧina] 'to dance'

    3. [kunila] 'to wince'

    4. [iŋkaːfu 'a cow'

    5. [kubululuka] 'to fly'

    6. [ʧinaga] 'a pipe'

    7. [ʧisife] 'an eyebrow'

    8. [luseʧe] 'a straw'

    9. [iɲʧese] 'a sheep'

    10. [kaʧese] 'a lamb'

    First Question:

    Which of the following statements is true?

    Select one:

    a. The sounds [k] and [ʧ] are sometimes contrastive in Lumasaaba and sometimes not.

    b. The sounds [k] and [ʧ] can be found in minimal pairs in Lumasaaba.

    c. The sounds [k] and [ʧ] are allophones of a single phoneme in Lumasaaba.

    d. The sounds [k] and [ʧ] represent two separate phonemes in Lumasaaba.

    Languages3 months ago