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Russians and their palates

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Thursday, July 22, 2004, 13:55
Amanda Babcock wrote:

> Oh, for crying out loud. Would you two like me to send you copies of > the pronunciation tapes from my college Russian texts? :)
Tristan asked me for this kind of favor. I've got no opportunity to send him sound files. Maybe *you* can help?
> It's simple. In a word like "ob#jasnit'", where # is the hard sign > (which means "don't palatalize this") and ' is the soft sign (which
> "palatalize this"), the /b/ is held - swallowed almost - and the
> stream stops completely. It's almost a pause. Then the word starts > back up with the /j/. > > I think the /b/ has no release at all.
I would even suggest, that the consonant preceding the "hard sign" gets a bit velarized or pharygealized, for better contrast. So |ob#jat'| may sound smth like [@"b_ejat;]. -- Yitzik