|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 5, 2000, 21:08|
In case anybody doesn't know, this is a species of stage magic. The ventriloquist
appears to conduct a conversation with a wooden dummy, playing both parts.
When the dummy "speaks", the ventriloquist is using a modified phonology
so that he can keep his mouth slightly open and not move his lips.
In English, the phonological changes are: /m/ realized as [n], /p/ and /b/
realized as [k] and [g], and /w/ realized as a back unrounded semivowel
(don't know the IPA for this, could be inverted-m with a subscript breve).
Do non-anglophone magicians do this act? What phonological distortions do
Anybody have provisions for this in their conlangs?
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