Some articles on contour, distinctive, contour distinctive:
... The Kru languages have contour tones ... languages in southern Africa have contour-tone systems ... Most have register-tone systems, some contour systems ...
... "tense" vowels are distinguished by a synergy of features, such as height, length, and contour (monophthong vs ... General American full vowels, vowel height distinctive i u ɪ ʊ e ɚ o ɛ ʌ ɔ æ ɑ General American full vowels, vowel length distinctive iː uː i u eː ɹ̩ː oː e ʌ o a aː Lexical sets representing ... General American full vowels, height length distinctive iː uː ɪ ʊ eː ɝː oː ɛ ʌ ɔ æ ɑː or General American full vowels, height contour distinctive ij uw ɪ ʊ ej ...
Famous quotes containing the words distinctive and/or contour:
“The obese is ... in a total delirium. For he is not only large, of a size opposed to normal morphology: he is larger than large. He no longer makes sense in some distinctive opposition, but in his excess, his redundancy.”
—Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929)
“The living language is like a cowpath: it is the creation of the cows themselves, who, having created it, follow it or depart from it according to their whims or their needs. From daily use, the path undergoes change. A cow is under no obligation to stay in the narrow path she helped make, following the contour of the land, but she often profits by staying with it and she would be handicapped if she didnt know where it was or where it led to.”
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