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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 If a soldier is asked why he kills people who have done him no harm, or a terrorist why he kills innocent people with his bombs, they can always reply that war has been declared, and there are no innocent people in an enemy country in wartime. The answer is psychotic, but it is the answer that humanity has given to every act of aggression in history. --Northrop Frye