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From:Elyse Grasso <emgrasso@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 11, 2003, 4:48
Are there back affricatives? The ones I can think of are English CH and
J, and Japanese tsu and the voiced equivalent, and Pf. (Is there a
voiced labial affricative found anywhere?)

But English tends to front-load its consonants compared to languages
like Arabic. And it's hard to have back affricatives in a language
where the only back fricative is H and a lot of dialects don't even
have that one.

I can almost 'hear' a k affricating(?) with a German ch, though it would
take practice to pronounce it. (Actually, the stop would be farther
back than an English k.) And I'm not sure what a voiced form would
sound like...

Elyse Grasso


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