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Re: Cat phonemes

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Thursday, November 29, 2007, 9:01
IMO the hiss is best represented as an heavily aspirated front semivowel.

I could be wrong ;)

Wesley Parish

On Thursday 29 November 2007 01:49, Mark J. Reed wrote:
> Hissing may be /h/ phonemically, but it's surely realized as [x:] or > [X:] or [C:] or something like that. [h] is far too tame (and not very > hissy). > > On 11/27/07, Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...> wrote: > > This thread caused me to analyse the speech of my house-friend a > > little, an 8 kg male - very handsome and cuddly, but you wouldn't > > want to meet him in a dark alley. > > > > I found that he has the famous 4 cat phonemes, /m/, /i/, /a/ and /u/, > > and in addition he uses an /e/ quite a bit, and the /u/ and the /m/ > > can open up to /o/ and /w/ respectively, but I suspect these are only > > allophones. So far I haven't heard any /N/, but maybe cats have > > dialects, and/or large variations in their vocal organs. > > > > I think the purr may be phonemic too. At least it seems he means > > something entirely different when he says it with a purr than when he > > says the same thing without it. > > > > However he does not rely on speech very much. Rather he prefers > > telepathy, based on his experience that "daddy always knows what I > > need." Unfortunately, his daddy isn't very susceptible to that kind > > of communication. > > > > Technically I think the purr is similar to the vibrantness that can > > be heard in many people's voices. > > > > LEF
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