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Re: missy elliot

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Monday, November 19, 2001, 6:21
On Sun, Nov 18, 2001 at 11:13:20PM +0100, daniel andreasson wrote:
> Okay. This has been bothering me for some time now. In the > beginning of "Get Your Freak On" with Missy Elliot, there > is this phrase in some language I don't know what it is. > I made a transcription of it. Does anyone know? What does > it mean? > > [kU'rEkara"mIn:adE mE "tSEktSE o "dOt:E saLa"go saLa"go]
I heard it once at a friend's house; everyone thought I was nuts for trying to figure out the words. It's Japanese, at least the first part, <korekara minna de>. ["tSEktSE] definitely would NOT be Japanese, as [tS] doesn't appear before [E] or [e]. I'll have to find the song again now that you've reminded me, and listen closely. Anyway, <korekara> means "now" or (IIRC) "from now on;" <minna> means "everybody;" <de> is a postpositive particle usually meaning "in" or "with" (instrumental; i.e. "by way of something"). I can't tell which <de> it would be without the rest of the context...
> L is some mix between [l] and [r] and it sounds labialized > and velarized. Odd sound.
Japanese /r/ varies between [l]-like and [r]-like sounds. I'm not sure if it's normally velarized or labialized, but it definitely has a lot of variation. -- Eric Christopherson, a.k.a. Contrarian Conlanger Rakko ^_^