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Re: Number

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2001, 19:14
On Sun, 5 Aug 2001, daniel andreasson wrote:

> YHL wrote: > > > czu mehara [tSu meha*a] (using Kirschenbaum) > ...snip... > > Nio na qaiczarev varaie. > > [nio na xaItSaref varaIje] > > Wait a minute. Now I'm confused. Have you changed > the pronunciation of Czevraqis? I thought {u} was > [M] (which I liked *so* much) and {q} was [?].
<rueful look> If [M] is the "upside down m" (rendered in Kirschenbaum as [u-]?) I liked it too, but there was something in my abortive attempt at taking a phonology/phonetics intro class that suggested the [M] was asymmetric and it *should* be [u]. Then again, I stole it off Japanese...I did want to keep it. <sigh> Do you think the linguistics/phonology police might catch me if I changed it back...? 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


daniel andreasson <daniel.andreasson@...>
Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Muke Tever <alrivera@...>Illegal vowel combinations