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Re: Basque & Katzner's Languages of the World

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Thursday, November 15, 2001, 8:38
En réponse à Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>:

> I picked up _Languages of the World_ by Kenneth Katzner a few weeks > ago. > It's an interesting, *very* breezy survey of world languages, probably > not > really useful linguistically (the author works for the U.S. federal > gov't) > . In particular, I wish his phonological descriptions (which are very > anglocentric, perhaps not surprisingly) had used IPA instead of fuzzy > things like "There is both a soft r and a hard r" in Basque. Which > brings > me to my question: for those who know (something about) Basque, what > the > heck is he talking about? Trilled and non-trilled? Trilled vs. > approximant? Meep?
Alveolar trill vs. flap (and I suppose the "hard r" was the trill :)) ). Basically the same as Spanish, except that Basque seems to contrast them also in other positions than medial. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.