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Re: Hypothetical language amongst the more brainier dinosaurs
On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 5:56 PM, evelyn sobielski <email@example.com> wrote:
>> > > Dinotopia beat you to it.
>> > >
>> > > http://dinotopia.wikia.com/wiki/Footprint_alphabet
> What about the phonemic inventory? Is there reason to expect as many labial
> consonants as in humans? Voiced labials in particular?
Some modern-day dinosaurs are capable of simulating labials,
presumably using the syrinx. Of course, it's not a true labial, since
they lack lips. Our system of phonetic classification would be mostly
useless, given that the organs involved in production are different.
T. Michael Keesey