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Re: Arabic

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Thursday, November 22, 2001, 8:23
On Wed, Nov 21, 2001 at 03:19:22AM -0500, David Peterson wrote:
> <If that doesn't work, just pretend you're > > choking. > > your listener will, out of concern for your life, perform the Heimlich > maneuver on you and anything pharyngealized you had to say will be forgotten > or > at least anti-climactic, thus saving you from making the effort.>> > > HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, man, that's rich! > > Anyway, on a more important topic, I'm going home for Thanksgiving (American pagan > holiday typified by the stuffing of a bird called "turkey". The stuffer then > thanks the turkey and there is much rejoicing), so this is the last time I'll > be checking my e-mail until Monday. So if anyone wants to send me anything > for the conlang class, please send it to, so's it doesn't > get lost. Thanks all. :)
Hope you don't need a Heimlich! :D Happy Thanksgiving, and the same to other American conlangers (heck, even to the non-Americans if they wanna take part). ObArabic: That "choking" description has never helped me. I was taught that if someone's choking they can't make any vocal sounds. If it's more like gagging or clearing one's throat, that I could imagine. But that sound is still one I can make in isolation but not inside a word. The other idea I have for what pharyngealization *might* sound like is the noise Homer Simpson makes when he thinks of something tasty. Know the one? Am I nearly correct here? -- Eric Christopherson, a.k.a. Contrarian Conlanger Rakko ^_^