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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.
> --Trebor
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) and -- "aaaaahhhh....", a gargling sound that sounds almost like voiced choking, and which is actually the Semitic consonant _`ayin_, a voiced pharyngeal fricative/approximant. I hope that helps! -Stephen (Steg) "when you cried i'd wipe away all of your tears when you'd scream i'd fight away all of your fears" ~ 'my immortal' by evanescence