“Tense” and “Lax” Stops in Korean

  title={“Tense” and “Lax” Stops in Korean},
  author={Mi Ryoung Kim and San Duanmu},
  journal={Journal of East Asian Linguistics},
Korean is thought to be unique in having three kinds of voiceless stops: aspirated /ph th kh/, tense /p* t* k*/, and lax /p t k/. The contrast between tense and lax stops raises two theoretical problems. First, to distinguish them either a new feature [tense] is needed, or the contrast in voicing (or aspiration) must be increased from two to three. Either way there is a large increase in the number of possible stops in the world's languages, but the expansion lacks support beyond Korean. Second… Expand
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