Re: Implosive consonants, dynamism, moods
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 5, 2004, 4:14|
Carsten Becker scripsit:
> 1. Has already been explained. Place your tongue at the normal places,
> but breathe in instead of out when you pronounce the phoneme.
> Looking up in my DE <-> EN dictionary, "schnalzen" is "to click
> one's tongue" in English. That implies even "schnalzen" is about
> clicks. E.g. put the tip of your tongue at your upper teeth,
> but the "body" of the tongue must be lower than the tip and must
> be kind of tense, similar to when you pronounce [l] (a plain [l],
> not a "dark l" as in English). Then pull down the tip of your
> tongue, and you'll produce the sound like horses do with their
> hooves. I wonder whether this may be this is an alveolar click?
That's a click, but it's not an implosive. Implosives involve a closure
at the glottis, not the velum, and involve the vocal cords. Rather than
sounding like a click, pop, or smack, they sound sort of like choking or
gagging slightly. So implosive b is made by making a closure at the
lips and the glottis and then lowering the larynx to create a partial
vacuum in the mouth; one then supplies a little air from the lungs with
the vocal cords activated, opening the glottis, and then open the lips.
The generic term for implosives and clicks is "ingressives".
John Cowan email@example.com www.reutershealth.com www.ccil.org/~cowan
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