LINGUIST List 16.116
Sun Jan 16 2005
Qs: Least Spoken Language; Acoustic Phonetics
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Least Spoken Language
Message 1: Least Spoken Language
From: Steve Butler <steve.butlercitigroup.com>
Subject: Least Spoken Language
I remember many years ago that Guinness listed that two sisters where the
only ones to communicate in their language. I would appreicate it if you
could confirm this ... including the sister's names and the language name
given, if applicable.
Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable
Message 2: Acoustic Phonetics
From: Frederic Rousseaux <guy.fleegmannumericable.fr>
Subject: Acoustic Phonetics
first of all, merry Xmas and happy new year!
And now for the linguist part. I searched a lot for acoustic phonetics, but
it seemed the topic became somewhat specialized on ''material'' issues
(speech recognition, synthetic speech, speech ''transport'' and so on).
I wonder if there is a acoutic classification of sounds, in the way there's
an articulatory one (plosives, fricatives, approximants etc.). Whereever i
go, I found a somewhat clear classification of vowels (acute/grave and
compact/diffuse), but when it comes to consonants, well... all i get is
acoustic properties of consonants listed in articulatory order... So, are
acoustic phonetics still young, or is there simply no way of decribing
speech sounds in a pure acoustic way? (i'm aware that a consonant is
identified mostly by the way it interacts with a vowel... maybe that's my
thank you for reading,
i hope i was clear, for this is a rather technical english considering the
english i'm used to use (used to use... is that correct? seems awkward)
Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
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