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Clicks (was Re: _Pyroraptor_)
In a message dated Fri, 7 Jul 2000 2:21:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<<I thought the click phoneme was spelled "!"
Khoisan languages (that is, the languages of the peoples sometimes called
bushmen and Hottentots) have a wide range of click phonemes.
They include bilabial ("kiss") clicks (symbolized phonetically by a small
target or alchemical sun symbol), dental clicks (|), palatal clicks (symbolized
by a "does not equal" sign), lateral clicks (//), and alveolar, or retroflex,
Any of these may be pronounced with a voiced, voiceles, aspirated, glottalized,
or nasal release and with or without lip rounding. Thus, the total click
inventory in some languages is quite large.
Three relatively simple click sounds (a dental, a palatal, and a lateral) were
borrowed into southern Bantu languages, including Zulu and Xhosa, where they
are written with the letters "c", "q", and "x" in the standard orthography.