|From:||bob thornton <arcanesock@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 9, 2004, 1:30|
Paul Roser <pkroser@...> wrote:
>>The other consideration is whether air is being drawn in by the initiator
>>or being expelled by it (that is, whether the sound is _ingessive_ or
>> EGRESSIVE INGRESSIVE
>>PULMONIC Consonants of most (inhaled sigh)
>> IE languages
>>GLOTTALIC ejectives implosives
>>VELARIC (spitting) clicks
>>(I guess a really freakish Frankenlang could include sighs & spitting)
>I can't resist pointing out that Damin, the now-extinct ritual language
>of the Lardil people (Mornington Island, off the north coast of
>Australia), had consonants with all possible initiations but one -
>most of the consonants were pulmonic egressive, but they also had a velar
>ejective, a pulmonic ingressive lateral fricative, a velaric egressive
>labial stop (/p'/, which only occurred before /N/ and /J/), and several
>nasal velaric ingressives - all they were missing was an implosive.
>Oh, and they also had a labial trill and a uvular affricate.
A) THAT IS NUTS.
B) Australian langs tend to be maximally wierd. What with Dyirbal and its
no-voice distinction, and various other strange anomalies found in Austlangs.
Is there any reason for this?
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