Технік-радіольщик Мокроголовенко (hector_von_kyiv) wrote in linguaphiles,
Технік-радіольщик Мокроголовенко
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hard/soft

In English, the letter "g" denoting the [g] sound is called "hard g" and the "g" for [ʤ] is "soft g" (likewise, "c" for [k] is "hard" and "c" for [s] is "soft".)
In Soviet Russia Ukrainian and Russian, "hard" and "soft" refer to unpalatalized and palatalized versions of consonants.

What are (if any) the concepts of "hardness" and "softness" in other languages?
Tags: phonology
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