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Re: Number

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Monday, August 6, 2001, 3:48
On Sun, 5 Aug 2001, Jesse Bangs 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 > > 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.
<rueful look> I just happen to like [x] despite my difficulty pronouncing it before high vowels. I think I'll keep the fix for now...who knows what dialectal variations will evolve later? (I love dialects. It gives me an excuse to try different configurations!) Thanks. YHL


Muke Tever <alrivera@...>