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Re: Nqwebasaurus, an African ornithomimosaur
I have no trouble making the trilled 'r' sound; the 'r' sound used by English
speakers is not widespread (as you said), at least amongst European languages
which make the trilled sound (it involves the tip of your tongue). I suggest
you learn how if you want to be fluent in all these languages you mention! But
I read somewhere that the click we are talking about can be heard from quite a
distance (it's loud?) and I'm not sure if it is any one of the types you
mentioned (for dogs, etc.). It's hard to integrate them into words, for sure.
You might also want to include Etruscan (extinct) or Nahuatl, the Aztec
language (still widely spoken by the remaining Indians in Mexico) as languages
with few sounds (they both omit a vowel, I think.) I haven't looked into this
since a few years ago, so I don't know if I'm right or not, though.
From: "Mike Keesey" <email@example.com>
To: "Dinosaur Mailing List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2012 3:45:00 PM
Subject: Re: Nqwebasaurus, an African ornithomimosaur
On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM, <email@example.com> wrote:
> In theory, most of us CAN make the click consonant sound, but it's pretty
> much impossible unless you actually grew up in South Africa, amongst the
> tribes that use clicks.
Nonsense. Lots of people use clicks for calling animals (alveolar
clicks for dogs, lateral clicks for horses, etc.), or expressing
disapproval (often written as "tsk, tsk!" or "tut, tut!"). Of course,
most people aren't accustomed to using them in words, but it's hardly
impossible. These are sounds we already make!
(In fact, the only sound I've ever found to be impossible is the
trilled "r" of, e.g., Spanish. I try and I try but I just can't do
> I'd rather we stick to names that the 99% of people on earth who don't use
> click consonants can say.
The majority of languages don't use English's interdental fricatives
(the "th" sounds, voiced and unvoiced) or its bizarre "r". And most
don't make nearly as many vowel distinctions.
Polynesian languages would actually probably be the best base if you
wanted to limit names to commonly-used sounds.
T. Michael Keesey