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Re: PHONO: unvoiced schwa

From:Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>
Date:Sunday, February 16, 2003, 8:18
J Y S Czhang wrote:
> 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?
Japanese also has unvoiced vowels, AIUI, although it's not phonemic...short /u/ and /i/ are unvoiced (sometimes called "silent", but they're actually audible) and shortened between unvoiced consonants. Unvoiced vowels are just whispered vowels.


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>