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Voiced [h]? Difference between vowel and consonant?

From:Gregory Gadow <techbear@...>
Date:Saturday, April 30, 2005, 22:45
In it's writing system, my conlang, Glörsa, has two tables giving its
consonants, one voiced and one unvoiced. In the unvoiced table is the
unvoiced glottal fricative, [h]. The table of voiced consonants has a
voiced equivalent, which I've been transcribing as w. Phonetically, I've
been thinking of this sound as the open-mid back rounded vowel, [V]. But
looking at the IPA charts, I found that there is, in fact, a voiced
glottal fricative, [h\]. So: what is the difference in pronounciation
between [V] and [h\]?

And just out of curiosity, what is the technical difference between a
vowel and a consonant? Is it just a difference in how syllables are
constructed, to where a vowel and consonant can actually have the same
sound but get used (and therefore classed) differently?

Gregory Gadow


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