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Re: Danish: tonal suffices?

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Friday, July 7, 2000, 2:16
--- Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote:

> I wish i could remember it, but i learned once that of all the "home > remedy" style medicines that are mentioned in the Talmud, later Jewish > legal authorities prohibited the use of all of them (because, depending > on your viewpoint, we don't understand how they work or people back then > weren't as knowledgeable in medicine as we are now) except for the "cure > for a bone stuck in your throat". > > This remedy involves placing a bone of the same animal on your head, and > saying a certain sentence. > So, why is this the only remedy allowed to be used? > Because it works! > > 1. Placing the bone on your head necesitates you to balance it, tilting > your head back and making it easier for the bone to come back up. > 2. The sentence given consists almost entirely of the pharyngeal > consonants _hhet_ (voiceless fricative) and _`ayin_ (voiced fricative), > which are made by the same muscles used in regurgitation! > > So you're actually opening up your esophogus and vomitting out the bone. > > If only i could remember how the sentence probably sounds much > cooler that i am able to pronounce both of the pharyngeals now. > > Of course, it only works if you can pronounce the consonants > properly....and the heimlich probably is more certain of working.
A Techian would do something similar to that. He would rare back and loudly utter "Grain, Grain, Grain!!" Which sounds uninteresting until you realize what the Tech word for 'grain' is /?-&nd'/. The /?-/ (barred glottal stop) is a *voiceless pharyngeal/epiglottal affricate*. In other words, a pretty sharp cough, or even a slight 'hawking' sound. (I mentioned it on this list some months ago.) I discovered this phoneme in at least one real-world language in the North Caucasian family. DaW. ¶¦¬þ __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Send instant messages & get email alerts with Yahoo! Messenger.