Fortis versus Lenis in Cajonos Zapotec Phonology

@article{Nellis1980FortisVL,
  title={Fortis versus Lenis in Cajonos Zapotec Phonology},
  author={Donald G. Nellis and Barbara Erickson Hollenbach},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  year={1980},
  volume={46},
  pages={92 - 105}
}
0. Like most Zapotec languages, Cajonos Zapotec (henceforth CZ) makes a distinction between fortis (tense) and lenis (lax) consonants.' Of particular interest in CZ is the devoicing of wordfinal (and in some cases word-initial) lenis consonants, which extends even to most sonorants. Also of interest is the large number of consonants that are pronounced as fricatives in at least some environments, and the extreme phonetic diversity of the allophones of y, ranging from a sibilant to a partly… 

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