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Re: yeah (was Re: Moraic codas)

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Sunday, July 22, 2001, 14:52
On 19 July, David Peterson wrote:


>Also, "yes!" is >usually only said by one or two people. I don't think I've ever heard of a >group of people all saying "yes!" at the same time, mainly because you
>hold it. Once you get to the <s>, you've got to stop or you're just
hissing. If I might digress for a moment from English, I find it curious that a very similar sequence of sounds is used here in Israel (but for soccer, not baseball ;-) ). Anyhow, the Hebrew equivalent moves the final fricative a little further back in the mouth (Hebrew /jeS/ = "there is", as opposed to the English /jes/ ), but the use is very similar. At the critical point in the game, one might hear a mighty /je::/ with different people finishing the word at different times, so that the hissing is more or less drowned out by the vowel-roar. However, in one-on-one situations the whole word is ejected, the lengths of the /e/ and the /S/ mostly determined by how emotional the speaker is. For example, the very emphatic and sharp /jeS/ uttered by a kid I was treating for stuttering this past school-year, upon learning that I had no intention of using the boring material from class that his teacher had wanted me to include along with my own stuff! :-) (And he said it without a single stutter too! :-) ) Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.