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Labiovelar stops (Re: Click consonants)

From:Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 9, 2003, 6:03
At 07:01 PM 12/7/03 -0500, you wrote:
>Isidora Zamora wrote: > > Kpelle, spoken in Liberia, has the co-articulated stops that you just > > described. They are called labiovelars. Igbo has these phonemes as > > well. I studied Kpelle for two semesters in a Field Methods in >Linguistics > > course, and I don't remember the /gb/ being ingressive. > >I could be wrong. (As I see I was, upon due consideration, about Paul >Bennett's k-t "click".) My impression was that it's a concommitant of the >voicing-- you have to release the velum first so that the trapped air is >"swallowed" and enables the vocal cords to vibrate. But I've never actually >heard one produced natively...........
I'd probably have to get my ten year old Field Methods tapes out to be absolutely certain - and even that is second best to having Clara actually there in front of me, which isn't going to happen again - but I don't remember hers being ingressive, and I know that my imitation of her /gb/ was not ingressive. However, I do remember both the voiced and the voiceless labiovelar stops having a distinctive "popping" sound to them on release, when pronounced correctly. (After nearly ten years, I am having trouble getting the stop co-articulated accurately, but I don't think that I used to have this problem.) That popping sound might be acoustically confusible with the "twanging" quality that you get with the release of a voiced ingressive stop. I just tried it, and I can certainly pronounce an ingressive one. I just don't remember Clara's being ingressive, but that doesn't mean that other languages don't pronounce them with that airstream mechanism. Isidora