Re: Alternation of Airstream
|Date:||Saturday, October 22, 2005, 18:06|
I didn't think of this as a separate phoneme, but as more of a system
to allow breathing and talking at the same time.
On 10/22/05, wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...> wrote:
> Tim May nevesht:
> >David J. Peterson wrote at 2005-10-20 11:07:58 (-0700)
> > > Veritos (?) wrote:
> > > <<
> > > Yet another of my odd ideas (the previous was the sign-language as
> > > vocal language concept). I was thinking of having an alternating
> > > airstream, so you speak as you both exhale _and_ inhale. In this way,
> > > you could breathe without pausing. Sure, it sounds weird (eigh
> > > mhhhidd yee-elp = I need help), but would it be the slightest bit
> > > feasible?
> > > >>
> > >
> > > According to Jack Black, yes. This is called using ingressive air,
> > > and it certainly can be done (go ahead, try it), but no language
> > > uses it productively (that is, for the whole utterance, rather than
> > > just implosives).
> >The point is less that it isn't used for a whole utterance, than that
> >no language has ingressive _pulmonic_ phonemes. That is, initiated by
> >inhalation into the lungs. Implosives and clicks are ingressive
> >sounds, but the initiation is glottal or velar respectively.
> There is one language that does. Damin, the ritual language used by the
> Lardil of Australia, included one pulmonic ingressive sound, among other
> phonological oddities.
> -Wayne Chevrier