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Re: Number

From:Jesse Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Monday, August 6, 2001, 3:00
> 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> > > YHL
I like the tentative fix myself, but I don't think there's a problem with having phonemic initial /?/. *My* phonetics teacher said that it is possible to pronounce a vowel-initial word without a glottal stop, though he might have said that no languages actually make use of that distinction. If you want to keep {q} fundamentally a stop, you could replace it with something stronger initial positions, like a pharyngeal stop. Jesse S. Bangs Pelíran jaspax "There is enough light for those that desire only to see, and enough darkness for those of a contrary disposition." --Blaise Pascal


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