--- In phoNet@yahoogroups.com, Piotr Gasiorowski
<piotr.gasiorowski@i...> wrote:
> 14-08-03 21:24, Richard Wordingham wrote:
> Therefore, [the null phone] plays no role in
> phonotactics. It's just a notational device used for describing
> appearance or disappearance of segments.

I'm relieved to hear that. I got rather worried when it appeared to
be taking on a life of its own. Things are bad enough with null
allomorphs. I start worrying when I begin to hear them.

I was talking about phones rather than phonemes because a phoneme
can split without any of its phones changing; all one needs is the
loss of the conditioning environment.