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 
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@...>