Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Ambiguous Phonetic Transition

Definition: 

An ambiguous phonetic transition is a phonetic segment, found between two distinct segments, that may serve only a connective function phonetically and may, therefore, not be a phonologically distinct segment.

Additional Information: 

Here are some kinds of ambiguous phonetic transitions with an example of each:

Ambiguous phonetic transition

Example

Transition glide before or after non-open vowels

[iJa]

Transition vowel

[m«n]

Voicing transition

[sza]