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Re: sounds

From:Kevin Athey <kevindeanathey@...>
Date:Friday, January 28, 2005, 18:04
>From: # 1 <salut_vous_autre@...> > >are there natlang using nasal implosives?
I don't know, but non-pulmonic consonants are marked enough that it's possible.
>I imagine is probably possible to nasalize ejectives and clicks but I >didn't >succed, probably because I'm not used to unvoiced nasals and that I still >not understood how are clicks produced. > > >I know that all the pulmonic consonants can be nasalised but I never saw it >for non-pulmonic ones > >are these possible?
It is possible for velaric consonants (clicks), and in fact almost every language I've seen with velaric consonants has contrasted nasals with voiced with voiceless, at least. That's one of the reasons why such languages often have tremendous numbers of consonants. As for ejectives, I think it's unlikely. Ejectives must be voiceless, and the nasal cavity must be closed in order to build up pressure. I'd say it's impossible, but if ejectives have a nasty habit of doing "impossible" things in obscure languages. Athey _________________________________________________________________ Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today - it's FREE!