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Re: Iltârer phonology

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Friday, April 27, 2001, 11:34
On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, Tom Tadfor Little wrote:

> At 03:27 PM 4/26/01 , Yoon Ha Lee wrote: > > > > Iltârer phonology is distinctive among the Thekashi languages in that it is > > > strongly frontal; there are no back vowels and no velar consonants. > > > > Consonants are distinguished by place and mode of articulation, but not by > > > voice: > > > >Pardon my ignorance; what is voice? Is that as in "creaky voice" and > >things like that? > > No, voice as in whether the vocal cords are active or not. [t], [p], [k] > are voiceless; [d], [b], [g] are their voiced counterparts.
Oh! <bonking self on head> Duh. I knew that. It's just that when I see "voice" my brain thinks "writing voice," and then I thought of "creaky voice" because someone mentioned it recently...I'm out of it this week.
> >Do you have recordings of this? I would love to hear what this language > >sounds like; I'm very intrigued. > > Yikes! I'm struggling to pronounce it myself--the phonology is less than a > week old! But I have been practicing, and maybe a few audio files on the
Could've fooled me. =^)
> web would be fun. Actually, one of my choices this time around was to work > with sounds that are not too easy for me, like the dental stop, unaspirated > /t/, and rounded /a./. I'm having to work to achieve passable > pronunciation, but I sort of like the result. It makes it sound like a real > language from a distant place, rather than just another rearrangement of > generic European phonemes. It reminds me of my (very brief) attempt to > learn to pronounce Sanskrit.
If you ever do get sound files available, let us know! :-) YHL