Re: what is the difference?
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, November 26, 2005, 9:55|
Tristan Mc Leay wrote:
> Still, I don't know how to produce a voiced glottal fricative, and I
> don't know how it's different from a vowel. I do understand they're
> quite common, though, particularly intervocalically (where I wouldn't
> know how they're distinguished from hiatus).
They occur in some varieties of English in words like _behind_, _ahead_
As for 'hiatus', it rather depends exactly what one means by the term.
It is used to denote that two vowels sounds are kept and not run
together as a diphthong. How that is realized in any particular language
will, I think , vary. It may well be that a non-phonemic [h\] is used in
some; I believe some languages use a non-phonemic glottal stop in such
positions - that wouldn't do in English as we Brits would 'hear' it as
an allophone of /t/ :)
But, yes, the voiced glottal fricatives is not particularly uncommon
among the world's languages. The /h/ of both Czech and Afrikaans, for
example, is voiced, whether initial or intervocalic.
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