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Re: Totally Voiceless Conlang Phonology

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Thursday, March 8, 2007, 10:15
>Henrik Theiling writes: > >Note that clicks are incredibly loud sounds > >compared to other consonants and vowels. > >Since you say the people were prey and voicing > >was lost because of that, I'd expect clicks > >to be lost, too.
Actually, they don't HAVE to be that way. True, since the resonance chamber involved - the mouth alone - is small compared to that of glottalic and pulmonic consonants, greiter pressure gradients and thus louder releases are achievable, but with smaller tongue moovments you can soften them to basically whisper. (The same principle also applies to glottalic consonants.) John Vertical _________________________________________________________________ Nyt löydät etsimäsi tiedot nopeasti niin koneeltasi kuin netistä.