Re: Two retroflex series?
|From:||BP Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, January 5, 2003, 15:30|
Sorry for replying to an old post. I'm going thru backmail after a while
of preoccupation with Conculture and the Real World(tm)...
At 18:58 23.12.2002 +0000, Jan van Steenbergen wrote:
> --- Pablo David Flores skrzypszy:
> > > I would like to add a series of retroflexes to the language. I was
> > > wondering if there are any natural languages that distinguish points of
> > > articulation between different sets of retroflexes, such as a series of
> > > retroflex stops with tounge reaching for top of hard-palate versus a
> > > with toung reaching for soft-palate?
> > My idea is that the latter are fairly uncomfortable and probably
> > not contrastive enough, but am I right?
>I think you are right; it is not impossible, but not very convenient. I would
>be surprised if no natlang at all had such a feature, but I would be even more
>surprised if many natlangs had it.
>IMO, those two series of retroflexes can be made in a much easier fashion: by
>distinguishing between apical and laminal position of the tongue. That would
>work not only for the retroflexes, but also, in particular, for dentals and
Some dialects of Swedish distinguish -- or used to distinguish, since
dialects are dying out :-( -- sublamino-postalveolar sounds from
sublamino-palatal sounds. The standard Swedish retroflexes are
sublamino-postalveolar, so the acoustic effect is that the
sublamino-palatals (usu. called 'cacuminals') are "even more retroflex".
/ B.Philip Jonsson B^)>
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