Re: Tit'xka (Pretty Long Post)
|Date:||Tuesday, December 29, 1998, 21:53|
wtorek, 29 grudnia 1998, you wrote:
SB> On Mon, 28 Dec 1998 17:49:49 -0600 Eric Christopherson <eric@...>
>>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
>>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)
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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!