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Re: Ventricular phonation

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, March 25, 2005, 20:38
On Friday, March 25, 2005, at 12:26 , william drewery wrote:

> Is ventricular phonation the same as creaky-voice? If not, just what is > it? and is it possible to produce a distinct fricative using the > ventricular folds?
Apparently not. "Creaky-voice" is produced by a very slow vibration of only one end of the _vocal cords_; such sounds are also called 'laryngealized'. Ventricular phonation is produced, as you say, between the ventricular bands, otherwise known as "false vocal folds", which lie above and are parallel with the true vocal cords. They are, apparently, not normally used in speech but, according to David Crystal, ventricular effects are sometimes combined with glottal voice to produce 'double' or 'diplophonic voice'. As to whether you can produce a distinct fricative using the ventricular bands, I do not know. =============================================== On Friday, March 25, 2005, at 12:34 , Steven Williams wrote: [snip]
> Ventricular folds? I'm imagining a language whose > speakers are constantly spurting blood everywhere,
Not those ventricles! :) Ray. =============================================== =============================================== Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight, which is not so much a twilight of the gods as of the reason." [JRRT, "English and Welsh" ]