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Re: Tracheal consoants: more

From:Joseph Bridwell <darkmoonman@...>
Date:Friday, June 3, 2005, 15:06
> in Amis (
Thanks for the reference.
> And I don't think people who use such sounds > have a different throat or epiglottis. They > just developed ease with these articulations > when young (between 3 and 5 AFAIK); this is > why I can't utter proper Arabic, while my Arab > friends just play about with the whole bunch > of pharyngeals and glottals their language uses. > Had I learned Arabic vhen a child, I would have > no such difficulty whatsoever.
When I began studying linguistics, it was assumed that "normal" children are born wit the ability to make any of the sounds found in any human language - a tabla rasa, if you will. While learning to hear & speak his/her L1, certain neural paths are enforced while others are neglected (not necessarily permanently), so some sounds are "lost" to that person.
> Now, if these sounds seem unbeautiful or unpleasant to you
Hmm, Though I have prejudices for certain sounds in my conlangs, I perceive any sounds as pleasant/unpleasant, etc.