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Ejectives (was: Is this a realistic phonology?)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, March 8, 1999, 17:49
Sahla Autumn Yasmin Ajinqwai wrote:

> What is an ejective?
Essentially a reverse click. Both ejective and click involve using a velar closure to block off the airway, but in an ejective, the air in the mouth is compressed and forced out, whereas in a click, the air in the mouth is rarefied and new air forced in. Ejectives are inherently unvoiced, since the airway is blocked and the vocal cords cannot be activated. In IPA, they are indicated by the corresponding egressive voiceless stop followed by an apostrophe: [p'] [t'] [k']. -- John Cowan You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)