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Danny Wier wrote:

> From: "Emily Zilch" <emily0@...>
>
>>HA HA HA, I hoped we wouldn't hit this topic. I've got a problem with
>>"emphatic series" because the first time I encountered them was in....
>>Korean. Now Korean emphatic consonants are such a source of constant
>>combat between linguists about their actual phonetic realisation that I
>>have NO idea how to characterise them. They seem to be "messy"
>>glottalics to me (starting just before the stop and passing through it)
>>because you tense before the stop is made and "hold" it as a double
>>consonant as well.
>
>
> Considering Korean is spoken by so many millions, and it's the language of
> two republics and one of the world's largest cities, I can't believe they
> can't decide on how 'tense' consonants are pronounced. We had a native
> Korean speaker on the list years ago, and I can't remember her name, but she
> said something about these being pronounced with glottal tension but not
> ejectivity, and that these consonants may also be voiced. These consonants
> do correspond to Middle Chinese voiced aspirates, by the way.

How so? In loanwords?