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[WMASTERS] Ostrich Methodology?
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>Even modern linguists will agree, I hope, that not all phonems are given
>separate representation. If modern lignuist differ, let them.
What is this statement supposed to mean? Modern linguists do *NOT* agree
that some phonemes don't need to be represented in an efficient writing
system. I have taught linguistics for 33 years, and I teach phonemic
representation as being the ideal way to write a language; any contrasts
that do not need to be represented as *predictible* by the environment.
The voiced sounds /b, d, g, etc./ are predictible after nasals /n, m,
etc./ in Tamil so we do not need to write them there. They are *NOT*
predictible in initial position, so we do need to represent them there.
And what about the statement
>If modern lignuist differ, let them.
Shall we stick our heads in the sand like ostriches?
Selvaa, you have criticized my contributions to this discussion as lacking
in methodology, by which I think you mean, "not using the methodology you
use". What methodology is this ostrich methodology?
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