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SV: Re: Phonological terminology question

From:Michael Fors <micke@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 19, 2003, 21:29
From: "Garth Wallace" <gwalla@...>
> > Lemme try... pulmonic consonants (and vowels) involve movement of air to > > and from the lungs. The vast majority of sounds in the world's languages > > are pulmonic egressive, that is uttered while breathing outward. Pulmonic > > ingression is involved in a "gasp", but I know of no natural languages with > > pulmonic ingression. > > Hmm...that'd be an idea. A language with both egressive and ingressive > vowels, so speakers would never have to stop for breath.
I have read somewhere (not sure of its veracity) that some Finnish speakers are known to do this on longer utterances. I've done this sometimes when speaking Swedish. I don't think that it's that uncommon. If you want to say something important as fast as possible, then you speak while inhaling. /Micke