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Re: ejective stops

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 23:14
On Oct 20, 2004, at 4:23 PM, Rene Uittenbogaard wrote:

> I've been trying to find out what ejective stops are, and what I > understand from reading the definitions on the web is this: > > to pronounce a bilabial ejective [p_>], one first shuts off the air > stream at the glottis and at the lips. Then, using your tongue, you > build up air pressure and release the lips, which makes the [p_>] > sound. > > Q1. Is this interpretation correct? Or should both closures be released > at the same time?
Air pressure is created by raising the larynx (with the closed glottis), not by using the tongue.
> If the above interpretation is correct: > Q2. If a vowel follows after the ejective, the glottis must immediately > open again. When I practice this, this invariantly sounds like a > glottal > stop, e.g. [p_>?a]. Is this acceptible?
It approximates the effect of an ejective, but it's not the same. I suppose it's up to you whether you consider that to be acceptable. The vowel will be slightly glottalized, but this is just a matter of timing; it takes a few milliseconds to go from closed (and compressed) vocal folds to regular vocal fold vibration. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "I believe that phonology is superior to music. It is more variable and its pecuniary possibilities are far greater." - Erik Satie