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Re: THEORY: h huffnpuffery (was: RE: varia)

From:Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...>
Date:Monday, February 7, 2000, 20:49
On Mon, 7 Feb 2000, BP Jonsson wrote:

> At 13:31 -0700 6.2.2000, Ed Heil wrote: > > > >Yes, voiceless lateral approximants are phonemes in some languages; I > >can't remember which ones but Ladgefoed mentions some; I think Tibetan > >is one of them, so maybe Boudewijn can confirm this for us. > > Those Tibetan "lh"s I've heard didn't differ appreciably from the Icelandic > sound, and it is a fact that when I used voiceless lateral approximants in > Icelandic words like "hleypa" Icelanders told me I was pronouncing the > sound too weak. According to them it "came out as /h/". I think that sums > up pretty well why phonemic voiceless laterals tend to be fricative. BTW > the sound written "hr" in Tibetan is actually a voiceless retroflex > sibilant, so /hl/ being fricative makes sense systemically. >
I was kind of hoping you would answer before me, not only because you're far more knowledgeable than I am, but also because my study is in a mess (again!). We'll be moving house in two weeks... Boudewijn Rempt |