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Re: Lips WRT Consonants, Was Re: my iconic alphabet

From:Tristan <kesuari@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 1, 2003, 21:48
Arthaey Angosii wrote:

>When you compared the two sounds, my mouth felt compelled to say them >aloud, as often happens when I read this mailing list. :) While listening >to the difference, I noticed my lips are different too. In German <ch> >/C/, my mouth is slightly open and my lips are pretty lax. In contrast, >English <sh> /S/ makes my lips form almost the same position as for /u/, >only slightly less tense. > >Is this true for others, or is it a personal eccentricity? >
I've been told many times that this is how these consonants are pronounced in general in English; I only do it before a rounded vowel,* however. *oo (/u;/) is not, it seems, rounded for the purposes of this in my (Australian) English. Maybe it's more diphthongal than it sounds to me...
>If it's more >general, is there some what to IPAify to lip position for a consonant? >
Well, with liprounding, it becomes labialised, so I imagine [S_w] would be it. Tristan.