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Arabic Questions

From:Adam Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious <aczj5@...>
Date:Sunday, September 26, 2004, 0:54
There is a letter in Arabic that I need help on.  It's often transliterated
as c, it's name is cayn and is the letter between khaa' and ghayn.  I think I
once saw it described as ?\ in SAMPA - a voiced pharyngeal fricative.  Of
course, I'm not the best person at understanding those descriptions (even though
I've looked up pharynx in the dictionary), so does anyone know a way to describe
it, or at least make a sound file in which you say "cayn" (?\ajn).  Also, the
word for "yes" is transliterated as 'aywa, but the Arabic alphabet spells it
as "nXcXm" (X = unwritten vowels) - can anyone explain that to me?


Akhilesh Pillalamarri <valardil@...>