On Wed, 16 Jul 2003 10:00:45 +0100 Peter Bleackley <[log in to unmask]> writes: > What are "emphatic" consonants? The Language Construction Kit says > "Don't ask", but that only makes me want to know even more! > Pete - "Emphatic" is a general term for a category of consonant phonemes in the Semitic language family that differ in some back-of-the-throat way from the others. In some languages they're glottalized ejectives, while in others they're pharyngealized. For instance, the |S| in "Saddam" isn't the Arabic consonant |siin| /s/, but |Saad| /s_?\/ (pharyngealized s). -Stephen (Steg) "salaam, `aleinu ve`al kol ha`olam..."