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PHONO: unvoiced schwa

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Sunday, February 16, 2003, 7:07
    I am suddenly curious about unvoiced schwa... as you may see from the
email dialogue betwixt _moi_ and Christophe "Maggelity" Grandsire:

CG >> >Unvoiced schwa then ;))) (a cool sound by the way ;) ).
HZ >> What's the IPA/X-SAMPA???
CG >[@_0]. Looks like a smiley ;))) . HZ >> Hmm, any languages with it?
CG >I think some Native American languages do. They are good at voiceless
>vowels :)) .
HZ Intriguing. How are they articulated/produced 0_o? CG >They are often called "murmured vowels", and that's exactly the effect.
>When you murmur, you naturally pronounce unvoiced vowels. Just murmur a schwa >and you have it (and it indeed sounds very much like [h] :) ).
HZ I like this _megatem_ - esp'ly as I like the idea of schwa and /h/ being phonologically linked. I will add this as a schwa option in g0miileg0!!!! ________________________ So! ok... any more info and bright shiny ideas to ferret around;) conlangin' peeps? Hanuman Zhang, MangaLanger Language[s] change[s]: vowels shift, phonologies crash-&-burn, grammars leak, morpho-syntactics implode, lexico-semantics mutate, lexicons explode, orthographies reform, typographies blip-&-beep, slang flashes, stylistics warp... linguistic (R)evolutions mark each-&-every quantum leap... "Some Languages Are Crushed to Powder but Rise Again as New Ones" - title of a chapter on pidgins and creoles, John McWhorter, _The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language_ = ! gw3rra leg0set kaka! ! riis3rva, saIlva, riikuu, sk0pa-g0mii aen riizijkl0! = (Fight Linguistic Waste! Save, Salvage, Recover, Scavenge and Recycle!)


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