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Re: Bilabial Trill (was: rhotics)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, December 3, 2000, 20:56
On Sun, 3 Dec 2000, Kristian Jensen wrote:

> One possible reason why its rare, according to the book, is that > the lips have a larger mass than either the uvular or the tongue tip.
Well, I suppose it depends on how much of the lips vibrate. I can vary it from almost completely slack orbicularis oris (the lip-pursing muscle) where the whole lip vibrates, to almost completely tense, where only the most central portions of the lips move at all. And that's just *pulmonic* bilabial trills. Ejective and velar-egressive b.t.s produce a whole different set of sounds. -- John Cowan One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore --Douglas Hofstadter