Re: English sounds `v' and `w'
|From:||J. 'Mach' Wust <j_mach_wust@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 23, 2004, 9:41|
On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 14:44:08 +0100, Chris Bates
> This might be a bad suggestion, but if you're trying to get w right you
>might try pronouncing /u/ (I assume hindi has this sound?) and then
>shortening it as much as possible... in some languages (the romance
>languages spring to mind), u has become similar to an english w in some
>positions in words, and if I try pronouncing /uest/ for west and then
>shortening the /u/ as much as possible it gets to the point where it
>sounds almost exactly like west is normally pronounced to me. :)
I've always thought that [w] is the same as [u_Ë] (unsyllabic [u]) and [j]
the same as [i_Ë], the choice depending rather on phonemic considerations.
j. 'mach' wust