_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)