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Re: English sounds `v' and `w'

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 22, 2004, 17:55
Shanthanu Bhardwaj wrote:
> Hi all, > I don't know if this is silly but I wanted to confirm the exact > difference betwwen the sound `v' and `w' in the English language and their > IPA representation in ASCII. I think that both the sounds `v' and `w' ar > not aspirated in English and the only difference is that `v'(isn't it the > same as the hindi `v'?) is labio-dental and `w' is bilabial. Is this right? > Also is there any difference in the articulation of these two sounds > between US and British English? Also, is there any online resource for > proper pronounciation of the IPA symbols(ie. audio files)? There are some > audios at the IPA site, but they're too noisy to be of much help. > > Shanth > ``Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur'' > > >
Hindi व (and Swedish |v| BTW) is a labiodental approximant, IPA ʋ, CXS [v\] and thus falls inbetween English /v/ and /w/: English /v/ is a labiodental fricative, while English /w/ is a labiovelar approximant. What you need to do from a Hindi point of view is to make a tenser pronunciation to get [v] and a very lax bilabial pronunciation to get an acceptable [w]. If you can get hold of a Tibetan and ask him to pronounce ངག་དབང་ /Na:waN/ you will hear the right sound in the middle. /BP 8^) aka Ngawang Jimba -- B.Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>