14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Search for the features of the phonetic bifurcations in any language family is a fascinating area. NIA poses one of such most challanging studies showing amazing reductions from and additions into IA phonetics. The moulding of various NIA phonologies stand as an indicator of the evolution of interesting phonetic distinctions. It is suggested that the diachronically developed phonetic processes are easier to understand and explain than those which are physiologically and socially marked and areally diffused. The paper proposes that these processes have to be studied especially from paralinguistic, ethological and semiotic angles.
Bibliographic reference. Modi, Bharati (1999): "IA phonetics: reductions, additions and multifarious NIA phonological systems", In ICPhS-14, 2545-2547.