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Re: Number

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2001, 21:32
On Sun, 5 Aug 2001 15:14:36 -0400, Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...> wrote:

>I was trying to figure out how in the heck you would hear a [?] >before a vowel <rueful look> since the prof for that class told us >that technically when you say a vowel (without something else before >it??) there's always a glottal stop, so if you said [qaItSaref] by >itself, how would you know? :-/ The somewhat tentative fix for that >was to make {q} [?] between two vowels, [x] otherwise. <looking >around hopefully>
Actually it IS possible to pronounce an initial vowel without a glottal stop -- you just leave the glottis open and just sort of breathe out smoothly (but that's easier said than done if your native language always begins words with glottal stops before vowels!). Hawaiian (and presumably other languages) makes the distinction. -- languages of Azir------> ---<>--- hmiller (Herman Miller) "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any email password: thing till they were sure it would offend no body, \ "Subject: teamouse" / there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin