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Re: Bilabial click

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 15, 2002, 8:14
En réponse à Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>:

> > I'd be interested too. Not because I haven't heard clicks before, but > because I have a thing for them. I've heard and spoken names/phrases > in > Zulu, Xhosa and Nama that include clicks. It's quite do-able and LOADS > of > fun.
I agree for the fun :) . But as for the doable (I have already enough difficulties with many pulmonic consonnants, so non-pulmonic ones are still far from my reach :) ). . . . I just had an idea. a very wicked idea. And idea that
> czHANgie would appreciate. (now that you're all terrified) What if > English > mutated so that ALL the consonants became clicks?? >
Isn't it already that way? :))))
> Well, maybe we'd have to except the nasals, semivowels and liquids. . . > . >
Well, make nasalised, palatalised, labiovelar, lateral and retroflex clicks... :)))) I've just discovered that in one dialect of Itakian (particularly in Southern Africa - but not specifically in South Africa :)) -), all stops were realised as clicks (well, except for the glottal stop :) ), and fricatives can be realised as stops or fricatives depending on their environment... Itakian gets weirder and weirder... :)) At least, at the phonemic level things don't change :)) . Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.