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|Subject:||secondary articulation vs assimilation|
|Question:||Hello guys I was teaching a linguistics class and I came across this topic ''secondary articulation''. It was the first time for me to hear the term. I had always known that the effect of a preceding or following sound is called ''assimilation''. But in the book I have , both terms seem to be different. I did some research on both terms, but I can't seem to reach a satisfying conclusion. It says that assimilation involves quality and SA involves just place of articulation. I find that so vague. So, is assimilation the broader term? In other words, is secondary articulation a type of assimilation?|
|Reply:||My understanding here is a bit hazy because it happens that the languages I know most about don't involve much "secondary articulation". But I think I'm right in saying that no, these two concepts stand for two sharply different things. Secondary articulation, so far as I remember, is a property of a single phonetic sound, which happens to involve complex articulatory gestures. Assimilation, on the other hand, is definitely a relationship between more than one adjacent sound: it is where one sound is changed to be more like a following or preceding sound. Geoffrey Sampson|
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