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On Thu, 4 Oct 2001 19:07:53 EDT David Peterson <[log in to unmask]>
writes:
>     If you can find an Arabic sample, it's the letter called "ayn".
> Kind of
> sounds like choking.  The easiest way to think about it is this: If
> you try
> to make the purest [i], and then greatly constrict the place of
> articulation
> and try to throw a vowel after it, you'll naturally get a [j]; if
> you do the
> same thing with [u] you get [w]; if you do the same thing with [A]
> you get
> the sound above.  So, make an [A], and then greatly constrict the
> passage;
> you'll get a [?/] (and I'm sorry I don't know the official symbol
> for this).

> -David
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I usually use the symbol [3] for `ayn... i've seen it in a few Arabic
transliteration systems and its a simple one-character generally rare
symbol for ASCII IPA.


-Stephen (Steg)
 "mew.  mew hast.  mew hast meep!"