Re: Three vowel systems (was: Brr)
|From:||John Vertical <johnvertical@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 4, 2007, 17:58|
>> IMHO  or [V] sound a bit like " a mix of [i\] and [E]", especially if the
>> unrounding (lip spreding) is emphasized.
>This is, I guess, a matter of opinion and the phonetics of your native
>language; to me [V] is all but indistinguishable from [O], and 
>sounds very similar to [M] and  (sic!). Neither sounds like [i\] or
>[E], nor a cross of the two.
After a few tests, it seems that the sound I'm thinking of - I'll call it
[y\] for the time being - is actually neither. More like a vowel between
[i\] and [M], in fact ... which is not very far from , but that vowel
lacks the "[E]-ness". It can't be [@\] since it's possible to put some
friction in it. Yet, the difference between my [y\] and [i\] is not the
backness of the tongue as much as it is its shape. What I think of as [i\]
could be described as [i_G]: back of tongue raises from [i], front retracts
a millimeter or two but doesn't change shape noticably. [M] differs in
backing the tongue quite a bit (about a centimeter) further to get velar
near-striction, and loering the entire blade (with simultaneous jaw
aperture) - the sublingual cavity basically disappears. [y\] however,
involves ONLY this loering of the blade wrt/ [i\]. No significant backing
nor loering of the dorsum.
Hold on, have I discovered a fourth dimension of vowelspace here? Yeah,
after a few further tests, I can get a distinction of this sort not only
with [i\], but also almost any other vowel basically. Only with mid proper
or hier vowels does it produce a clearly audible difference, however, and
it's also small with [u M]. I think I'll be calling this "anti-rhoticity"...
>> 'Fcors an ATR [i] vs RTR [I] distinction is not exactly the same as aplain [i I]
>> distinction, but I dout we're going to find anything better.
>Hm. Interesting. I wonder what it actually sounds like.
I suppose there's some small technical difference between RTR and
pharyngealization - maybe just a question of degree; but I don't think
you're going to hear it (much less be able to produce it reliably.)