Re: Explaining tone to a non-linguist; pharyngeals; noun incorporation
|From:||Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 18:03|
On Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at 06:55 PM, Trebor Jung wrote:
> What are pharyngeal sounds? How do you pronounce them? I've heard you
> pronounce them with your pharynx, but I still don't get it.
When you make a pharyngeal sound it may feel like you're pulling the
root/back of your tongue downwards and backwards into your throat. It
may feel like vomitting, or preparation for vomiting.
Homer Simpson of _The Simpsons_ makes two 'i'm hungry' sounds:
-- "mmmmmm....", a very long bilabial nasal (i.e. M)
-- "aaaaahhhh....", a gargling sound that sounds almost like voiced
choking, and which is actually the Semitic consonant _`ayin_, a voiced
I hope that helps!
"when you cried i'd wipe away all of your tears
when you'd scream i'd fight away all of your fears"
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