|From:||Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, April 26, 2001, 21:27|
On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, Tom Tadfor Little wrote:
> Iltârer Phonology
> Iltârer phonology is distinctive among the Thekashi languages in that it is
> strongly frontal; there are no back vowels and no velar consonants. It also
> strikes most hearers as a precise or crisp phonetically, with voiceless
> consonants and vowels that always receive some degree of stress and clarity
> of articulation.
No back vowels? Wow. Any particular reason, or is it just the way it is?
...though I confess, I tend to like front vowels better than back vowels,
> Consonants are distinguished by place and mode of articulation, but not by
Pardon my ignorance; what is voice? Is that as in "creaky voice" and
things like that?
> imprecise) to pronounce them as diphthongs, with the basic vowel followed
> by a u or w sound, but minimizing the duration of the sound and the
> separateness of the components. To many English speakers, â may sound like
> an oddly pronounced short o or u.
Do you have recordings of this? I would love to hear what this language
sounds like; I'm very intrigued.
Sorry I have no useful comments, only questions. But thanks for sharing!