Re: Voiced Velar Fricative
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 19, 2002, 16:58|
En réponse à Christopher Bates <christopher.bates@...>:
> Is gh (i don't know the ascii ways of representing IPA sounds,
In X-SAMPA, it's [G].
> mean a voiced velar fricative) common?
Somewhat. Southern dialects of Dutch have it (Northern ones have [x], the
voiceless velar fricative, instead), and it's often there in languages which
have /x/, whether as an allophone or as a phoneme.
I think english used to have
> sound, as did welsh (or at least g used to be mutated to gh a long
> ago) but for some reason it disappeared.
Irish Gaelic still has it IIRC. It the way the broad |dh| and |gh| are
pronounced (at least according to the sites I've seen about Irish
I just wondered because I
> the sound for some reason but I don't want to add it if its extremely
> uncommon in natural languages. Thanks in advance,
I think it's a common sound in many languages (I just cannot find many examples
currently :))) ). I think modern Greek has it too, but I'm not completely sure
about that. If you have for instance a language where all fricatives have both
a voiceless and voiced counterpart and you have /x/, you can safely add /G/ :) .
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