R: Re: R: Re: R: Re: R: Re: /H/ (was: An Unknown Conlang)
|Date:||Monday, July 24, 2000, 15:18|
D. Koeller wrote:
> From: "Thomas R. Wier"
> > No, not necessarily. All children are actually born with the ability
> > to distinguish all possible phones, but they lose this ability some
> > several months after birth as they acclimatize to their speech
> > environment. This latent ability could however be preserved in a few
> > individuals who have the phonetic equivalent of perfect pitch. Indeed,
> > analogously, people who speak languages which employ tonal phonemic
> > contrasts essentially all have perfect pitch.
> You apparently have not endured an evening in a Chinese karaoke parlor. :)
I think I have to agree with you, Kou. You see, one of my many activities is
studying piano at my town's Conservatory. There are many foreign students as
well, 90% Chinese-japanese-Korean. My teacher says they'll never learn what
is Music : )