Re: phonemic ex-/inhalation
|From:||Isaac A. Penzev <isaacp@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 5, 2003, 11:51|
Katav Wesley Parish:
> My copy of Teach Yourself Hausa says so.
> "The b and d (special letter forms used. hooked letters) , in addition,are
> often produced implosively, i.e. with the air stream pulled into the mouth
> rather than expelled from the mouth ..."
Yes, that's a well known fact that |b`| and |d`| in Hausa are implosive in
most dialects in contrast to plain |b| and |d|. But they are *consonants*.
And the question was about *vowels*, as you can see:
> > > Does anyone use phonemic ex- / in-halation for vowels in theirconlangs?
And I heard that the Igbo language has a phonemic opposition between plain
and inhaled vowels, and even the name of the lang itself is literally
["i_<gb)U] where _< denotes inhalation and gb) means double articulation.
> It would make an interesting contrast.
Indeed, it would...