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On Wed, 20 Jun 2001 01:12:47 -0500, Danny Wier <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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

What I'd call a velar whistle is a relatively low-pitched whistle with a
constriction in the back of the mouth (you can get even lower pitched
whistles, which I guess would be uvular) and rounded lips with a very small
opening between the lips. A labialized voiceless velar approximant? The tip
and front of the tongue are then free to move around and change the volume
of the resonant cavity (changing the pitch), and even to add gestures like
tonguing, taps, and trills. With practice you can control pitch to a fairly
good degree of accuracy and speed. *Trilled* whistles, though possible, are
probably too difficult to use as human speech sounds, but who knows what
non-human mouths are capable of?

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