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Re: A question for the ejective gurus: strong~weak ejectives

From:rob_nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Thursday, November 18, 2004, 12:21
--- In, Paul Roser <pkroser@E...> wrote:
>.... I don't recall all of the > characteristics that distinguish the two types, > but one that I do recall is that tense ejectives have a longer gap > between stop release and glottal release, and a longer Voice Onset > Time, while lax ejectives have a very short gap (or none at all). > > While no known language makes this distinction (so far as I'm > aware), I'm not sure that it's impossible from a phonological view
<snip> I've always been intrigued by Yucatec Maya that has k?- (that is [k] plus glottal stop) as first person plural prefix. Once prefixed to a root beginning with a vowel, a minimal pair can ocur between [k'] and [k?], as in: k'ak' 'fire' k?ak' 'our grapevine' Rob