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From: "Shreyas Sampat" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2001 11:16 PM
Subject: Re: Introduction to FourHorse


| Voiced whistles.  It's interesting you should mention those; I was just
| having a discussion about them yesterday.  They're interesting little
| noises.  Maybe I'll do one of those freaky conlangs we've been talking about
| with a whole whistle series (though for the life if me I cannot pronounce a
| velar whistle, and the closest to a palatal I can get is a hiss), though I
| don't know how one would romanize that, and I'm a stickler for nice
| orthography.

I never really learned how to whistle at all until recently.  I first learned to
whistle using the interdental (fricative) articulation, sending air through the
gap in my top front teeth.  That's an "upper register" whistle, and sometimes I
can hit notes as high as the G above the high C on a standard 88-key piano or a
piccolo (approximately 6400 Hz).

What is a velar whistle anyway?  I can do the palatal and lateral "hisses".

| A trill series would be interesting too, and lovely voiceless nasals.  For a
| speciel with really limber tongues, perhaps.  Just trills and whistles and
| fricatives.  None of that stop crap.  (I once tried replacing all the stops
| in a short Nrit text with their corresponding fricatives; the result was
| rather interesting.)

My conlang has voiceless nasals and voiceless trills, but the trills are all of
the rhotic type, either alveolar or retroflex/palatal.  (The latter has
fricative properties like Czech r-caron.)  Unless you want to account the voiced
uvular fricative and the retroflex semivowel as two additional r's...

~DaW~


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