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Betreft: Labiodental approximant?

From:Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 1, 2000, 11:13
Maybe I can help you with the Dutch 'w'.

It start as a labiodental stop, but only for a very short
period of time.
Then it becomes an labiodental approximant (less
friction than with a fricative). In IPA it looks like
a raised b with a dot under it followed by a v with a hachek following it
(indicating that it has less friction than normal)


>>> James Campbell <james@...> 03/01 10:12 >>>
Request for help: I always used to describe Jameldic "w" as being pronounced "halfway between [English] v and w", but I'd like to clarify exactly what this sound is, and how I should properly describe it. The upper teeth almost/just touch the lower lip, where they would touch properly for /v/. Would this be a voiced labiodental approximant (IPA upsilon)? When I went to Holland a few years ago I discovered that Dutch "w" is very similar, at least for some speakers; in Norway last year I initially thought that Norwegian "v" was the same too, but later it seemed more like a bilabial fricative for some speakers and straight /v/ for others. Experts, please advise... TIA ========================================================================= James Campbell Zeugma--Our Life Is Design =========================================================================