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What is an ambiguous phonetic transition?

 

Definition
 

An ambiguous phonetic transition is a phonetic segment, found between two distinct segments, that may serve only a connective function phonetically and may, therefore, not be a phonologically distinct segment.

Kinds
 

Here are some kinds of ambiguous phonetic transitions with an example of each:

 

Ambiguous phonetic transition

Example

Transition glide before or after non-open vowels

[iJa]

Transition vowel

[m«n]

Voicing transition

[sza]


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