Hello again,

I have encountered another problem while I am studying.

Can anybody explain what Phonemic Duration is?


A phoneme is a minimal sound unit in a language. For example, /i/. Phonemic duration is all about the length of a particular phoneme when uttered in speech.


/i/ --> Haiti --> /'heɪ.ti/ short sound

/i:/ --> bead --> /'bi:d/ prolonged sound

We use suprasegmentals to indicate the duration.

Vowel duration is also influenced by pre-lenis lengthening and pre-fortis shortening.

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- DJB -
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thank you for the explanation. This was, again, a lot more clear than the book.
You are a sheer genius. Can't you come to my school and teach the class? Emotion: stick out tongue

Haha, thanks. I try. Emotion: embarrassed