Re: another (phonolgy) question
|From:||dunn patrick w <tb0pwd1@...>|
|Date:||Friday, April 2, 1999, 0:40|
On Thu, 1 Apr 1999, J. Barefoot wrote:
> >I think cherokee (or is it Cheyanne?) has voiceless vowels. So does my
> What does an unvoiced vowel sound like? And I actually meant breathy
> voiced. On a broader level, are there any langugaes that make
> distinctions in the vowels that aren't made in the consonants, like
> breathy-aspirated/plain or voiced/voiceless?
I actually am not sure if they're technically "unvoiced" (although I've
heard them described that way) or actually breathy-voiced.
To produce one, simply begin making the vowel sound and switch off
voicing. The sound that comes out sounds a lot like a stage whisper, and
is the sound of the unvoiced vowels in Telu'at'a (and of the /l/ too).