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They're not really used as phonemes, they're more like modifiers. The
difference between, for example, 'who' and 'what' is a gesture. And I like
the idea of the series-es of gestures... I think I'll work on that. Thank
you.

On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 3:18 PM, Parker Glynn-Adey <[log in to unmask]
> wrote:

> > ^ leg clap
> > - torso clap
> > * hand clap
> > # three-finger gesture
> > @ two-finger lip tap
> >
>
>
> One thing that strikes me about these is that the two latter ones seem
> structurally distinct when put beside the first three. Also, they don't
> seem
> like part of a series, perhaps you will extend the latter two to form a
> "finger gesture" series and a "lip" series. Or come up with some kind of
> genesis story for the honorific significance (if that's all they have) of
> the hand related movements.
>
> The "clapping" series will all have productive acoustic potential, they'll
> make noises, and hence will be sort of like oral articulations whereas the
> latter two will only have visual productive potential. So, perhaps you can
> make the claps act like consonants or something and the non-noisy ones can
> be used as honorific particles or something that can't be used in the
> standard sense as phones.
>