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Re[2]: Tit'xka (Pretty Long Post)

From:lucasso <lucasso@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 29, 1998, 21:53
Hello Steg,

wtorek, 29 grudnia 1998, you wrote:

SB> On Mon, 28 Dec 1998 17:49:49 -0600 Eric Christopherson <eric@...>
SB> writes:
>>So you were SERIOUS about wolf-sized tarantulas? :) It looks really >>neat and harsh-sounding, but I also wondered about the vowels. Does >>anyone know if the system of /a/ /i/ /I/ /@/ is anatomically >>plausible?
>>I was just wondering the other day, "are there any languages without >>either /o/ or /u/, or without either /e/ or /i/?"
SB> Well, i seem to remember a language which died out a few years ago (but SB> was heavily documented by scientists, linguists, etc. and its last SB> speaker) which had many many many phonemicly different consonants, and SB> only one vowel - i think it was /a/ . If i remember correctly, it was SB> from the Caucasus region. And people a few hundred years ago (when it SB> was spoken by an entire ethnic group) had described it as "the sound of SB> marbles hitting the floor". SB> -Stephen (Steg) SB> ___________________________________________________________________ SB> You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. SB> Get completely free e-mail from Juno at SB> or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866] among Caucasian languages adygeian(?) has three levels of central vowels abchasian(?) has central low, and a-bit-front central high that names are followed by (?) becouse it's not easy to find such names in dictionary so i translated them intuitionally from polish i think that 'alien mouth' is good enough explaination for every strange sound phenomenons... the basic-a-e-i pattern is HUMAN languages pattern! -- lucasso (