From: Michael Maxwell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 16 2007 - 07:01:12 CDT
> "Paratone" doesn't mean what Philippe has said it means
> (namely "near homotones").
But what are these "near homotones"? I was embarassed as a linguist to ask, until I googled it and came up with only 165 hits for "homotone", mostly in French. Most of the English hits are traceable back to the pcl-institute.org, which gives what appears to be an idiosynchratic definition: homotones are "ideograms which have the same pronunciation in both sound and tone but differ in design and in meaning", i.e. what I would call homophones (like 'their' and 'there' in English).
But what is a *near* homotone? A linguist's minimal pair with a hard-to-hear phonemic distinction? That would be odd, since phonemic distinctions are usually easy enough for _native_ speakers to hear.
CASL/ U Md
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