Re: Simafira: phonetics
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 5, 2001, 2:11|
Jesse Bangs wrote:
> > > Missing from what? If the sounds you mentioned are the only ones not
> > > your conlang then that means you must have a really awful consonantal
> > > system, full of retroflex nasal clicks and voiced uvular ejectives
> > > other such monsters. <<shudder>>
> > Are there even such things as voiced uvular ejectives? Voiced
> > are, IIRC, very very rare (Mam has one, I think) -- though voiced
> > implosives are not.
> That actually was my point.
Yeah, I know. I was responding in affirmation of your point. :)
> I don't think voiced ejectives exist, and I'm pretty sure that they're
> physically impossible.
FWIW, England, in her _A Grammar of Mam, a Mayan Language_
writes (p. 26):
"The glottalized occlusives are unit phonemes which contrast with
plain occlusives plus glottal stop. Phonetically, /tz' ch' tx' ky' k'/ are
ejectives, with glottal closure occuring simultaneously or preceding
the onset of oral closure. /b' q'/ are implosives. /t'/ varies between
ejective and implosive, depending on the speaker. The imploded
bilabial /b'/ is always voiced in initial or medial position, but is devoiced
finally; /t'/ is voiced initially and medially, and devoiced finally; /q'/ is
partially voiced initially and medially, and also devoiced finally."
So, presumably, if this account is accurate -- and I know of no reason to
think that it isn't other than typological grounds -- there are speakers who
have voiced ejectives as allophones of /t'/.
> In any case, I was being sarcastic and pointing out that if you
> only exclude a few phonemes, you imply that what remains is everything
> else that's even conceivable.
Certainly -- I agree.
Thomas Wier | AIM: trwier
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