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Re: Ergativity/Apologies

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, August 15, 2003, 20:51
Quoting Chris Bates <christopher.bates@...>:

> I apologize too if I misunderstood anybody or came across badly.. I > don't apologize that I might be wrong because if I did that I'd never > stop apologizing. ;) I've always been the kind of person who would argue > something to the bitter end lol, and it tends to annoy people. So I > thought we might as well stop arguing since I wasn't going anywhere and > neither was the rest of the world lol.. we weren't persuading each > other. I'd be happy to hear another explanation of what finnish.. was it > finnish? does though... I've always thought that finnish or maybe > swedish would be an interesting language to learn, although of course > I'd still have the problem that I can't get the rs right (same problem > in spanish :( )... finnish has an alveolar trilled r doesn't it? Is an > uvular r an acceptable substitute or does it make you sound wrong?
As far as Swedish is concerned, uvular R is used by large numbers of native speakers. If you can supply any sort of voiced alveolar, retroflex or uvular trill or approximant, you should be pretty OK. Andreas