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_the_ lateral fricative?

From:Paul Roser <pkroser@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 16:47
On Wednesday, November 10, 2004, at 12:25 , Jonathyn Bet'nct wrote:

> > I have another one: > > > > * You think the lateral fricative is the coolest sound in language. > > _the_ lateral fricative? There are two of the critters; some languages, > such as Zulu and Xhosa, have them both (voiceless and voiced).
Well, voiced and voiceless alveolar in most Bantu languages that have lateral fricatives. But others, mostly voiceless, exist: 1) voiceless palatal lateral fricative in Bura (Nigeria) 2) voiceless retroflex lateral fricative in A-Hmao (and some other Hmong dialects in SW China) 3) voiceless velar or pre-velar lateral fricative in Archi (Caucasus) 4) Toda (Southern India) has alveolar and retroflex fricatives which can be voiced or voiceless (positional allophones) 5) Nii/Wahgi (Papua New Guinea) which has three laterals, dental, alveolar, and velar, which may have voiceless fricative allophones (according to some descriptions)


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>