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Re: Labiopalatalization

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Saturday, October 16, 2004, 2:01

Remi Villatel <maxilys@...> writes:
> Henrik Theiling wrote: >... > > What about turning [A] into a pharyngeal semivowel (maybe [?\], but > > that's the fricative. It still sometimes sounds like an approximant, > > but there is no CXS, I think)? :-) I personally find pharyngeals > > quite interesting. > > If I'm not wrong, that should be [A_?\] but I don't think that's possible. > There should be a reason why all semi-vowel are a variant from a closed vowel.
Hm. But when you pharyngealise [A] (or [a]), you get a narrowing in the throat (instead of at a (labio-)palatal or a labio-velar one), of course. I don't think it's that different, but maybe there are clear definitions of semi-vowels that I am violating with these thoughts.
> My theory is that when your mouth is opened, all you can do is to close it > and produce a diphtongue, so from an opened vowel to a closed vowel. And the > semi-vowels are just the opposite, from a closed vowel to an opened vowel.
Hmm, in Arabic words like /mu?\al:im/ ('teacher') or /ma?\a:bid/ ('temple'), the ?\ really sounds like a semi-vowel to me. To get back to the point of having really weird semi-vowels, I could imaging a labialised version like [&\_?\] would be cool. :-) **Henrik