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Re: Cat phonemes

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 12:50
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

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 >
-- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>