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Re: OT: Y/N variants (< OT: English and front rounded vowels)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 3:10
> > Don't forget the very similar [a_nha] (=yes) and [a_n?a] (=no). >
Phonemically, those vowels are /V/, which is phonetically something like [3] IML but in any case quite distinct from [a] to Anglophonic ears. What you have transcribed is rather "ah-ha!" ("Oh, I see!") and "ah-ah!" ("Oh, no you don't! You'd better not do that!"). The "yes" and "no" forms are usually transcribed "uh-huh" and "uh-uh", and IME the nasal release is mostly limited to the negative version. We Anglophones take our grunting seriously. :) -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


T. A. McLeay <conlang@...>