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IltXrer phonology

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, but....
> Consonants > > Consonants are distinguished by place and mode of articulation, but not by > voice:
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! YHL


Tom Tadfor Little <tom@...>Iltârer phonology