Danish (the language, that is) (was Re: French)
|From:||taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 17, 2003, 11:20|
* Sally Caves said on 2003-01-14 06:16:42 +0100
> Douglas Koller:
> > Nik, on French:
> > > I just wish it sounded nicer, without all those ugly
> > > nasal vowels and front rounded vowels and with more stops to give some
> > > texture to the sound. :-)
> > Steady, lieutenant. Them's fightin' words. A day without front
> > rounded vowels is like a day without sunshine.
> AHEM! At any rate, I think French has a very unique sound. And some real
> beauties of structure and expression. On the other hand, [..] , but I've
> heard Danish described by one cynic as the "throw-up language." Lot's of
> swallowed "l"s and that sort of thing.
My phonetics-professor claimed (avec smiley) that the single-most used
'word' in Danish is "hve'be'", written "hva behager", meaning roughly
"excuse me, I couldn't understand what you said, could you repeat it?".
Danish seems to be mostly vowels and semivowels these days.