**From:** Miguel Carrasquer Vidal

**Message:** 56188

**Date:** 2008-03-29

On Sat, 29 Mar 2008 07:03:42 -0500, "Patrick Ryan"

<proto-language@...> wrote:

In theory, if you have two parameters (a laryngeal and a

vowel) you can vary one while keeping the other constant,

and viceversa, and the results will be indistinguishable.

In practice, there are two differences between laryngeal

theory and your 'vocalic theory': (1) laryngeal theory

distinguishes between VH and HV, and (2) laryngeal theory

allows combinations of HVH where the two laryngeals are not

the same. In case (1), laryngeal theory accounts for the

facts in a straightforward way, while your theory requires

additional rules at the very least. Case (2) simply cannot

be explained by any 'vocalic theory'.

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Miguel Carrasquer Vidal

miguelc@...

<proto-language@...> wrote:

>Miguel, have you no further interest in critiquing my 'Vocalic Theory', asI think I said all I had to say for now.

>you called it?

>

>Your questions help me to clarify it in my own mind so are greatly

>appreciated.

In theory, if you have two parameters (a laryngeal and a

vowel) you can vary one while keeping the other constant,

and viceversa, and the results will be indistinguishable.

In practice, there are two differences between laryngeal

theory and your 'vocalic theory': (1) laryngeal theory

distinguishes between VH and HV, and (2) laryngeal theory

allows combinations of HVH where the two laryngeals are not

the same. In case (1), laryngeal theory accounts for the

facts in a straightforward way, while your theory requires

additional rules at the very least. Case (2) simply cannot

be explained by any 'vocalic theory'.

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Miguel Carrasquer Vidal

miguelc@...