|From:||Paul Roser <pkroser@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 25, 2001, 18:37|
on Mon, 24 Sep 2001 Herman Miller wrote...
> In Xhosa and Zulu, the click letters are <c>, <q>, and <x>: <c>
> is dental, <q> is alveolar (or maybe retroflex?), and <x> is
> lateral. They may also be aspirated, voiced, or nasalized, so you
> get combinations like the <xh> in "Xhosa" (aspirated lateral click).
> I've used clicks in a couple of old languages (really language
> sketches), Nikta (N!tet'ak'!tùl) and Qiira Triicha (the <q> of
> "Qiira" is a low-pitched alveolar click, and the language also has
> a higher-pitched alveolar click written <x>!).
(I tried to post from Yahoo, but that appears not to have worked,
please forgive repetition)
I believe that your (sketch?) language Neyasai also has clicks
(and whistles!) - several years back you had kindly posted the
phoneme inventory for Nikta (and a large and impressive sets of
sounds it was!) and I was hoping you might post as much of the
phoneme inventories for Neyasai and Qiira Triicha as you can recall.
On the subject of conlangs with clicks I can add three:
And Rosta's Livagian which has four basic clicks - /mx, nx, rx, lx/
bilabial, dental, (post)alveolar, and lateral voiced nasal clicks;
Paul Bennett's mQlo` (aka mql12aw) - which had bilabial, alveolar,
palatoalveolar, front retroflex and back retroflex clicks;
and my own Tsx'aah (aka Scungric) which is once again under revision
but will most likely have at least six clicks in the final version -
voiceless and voiced nasalized bilabial, dental, and retroflex clicks.