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Sum: Bilabial trill

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Message 1: Sum: bilabial trill

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 20:50:18 +0000
From: cpeust <cpeustgwdg.de>
Subject: Sum: bilabial trill

Dear linguists,

A while ago I put the following query on the list:

There is an IPA-symbol 'B' which is meant to render a bilabial trill.
Does anyone of you know a language in which this sound is used in
regular words apart from onomatopoetic expressions?

I got replies from the following 17 people, to all of whom I say thank 
you:


Jeff Allen Jeff_Allenjuno.com
Joaquim Brandao de Carvalho carvalhoclub-internet.fr
Robert Early earlyvanuatu.usp.ac.fj
Daniel L. Everett deververb.linguist.pitt.edu
Ralf-Stefan Georg Ralf.Georgbonn.netsurf.de
Lee Hartmann lhartmannsiu.edu
Olaf Husby olahusalfa.itea.unit.no
Miriam Meyerhoff mhoffling.upenn.edu
Timothy J Pulju puljuruf.rice.edu
Malcolm Ross Malcolm.Rossanu.edu.au
Nick Sherrard nickrsmail.bogo.co.uk
Keith W. Slater 6500kslaucsbuxa.ucsb.edu
Joan Spanne spannewerple.net.au
Robin Thelwall eubuleagt.net
Larry Trask larrytcogs.susx.ac.uk
Mary Ward marywardmail.utexas.edu
Paul Warren paul.warrenvuw.ac.nz

I was informed of the following languages to make use of a bilabial
trill, which according to Larry Trask should more exactly be analysed
as a prenasalised stop with trilled release in probably all languages
where it occurs. If not otherwise indicated, the sound either is
phonological rather than phonetical or I have no information on their
phonological status.

Amuzgo (used only exceptionally)
Baka (SW-Sudan, rarely)
Isthmus Zapotec (in few words only)
Kele (New Guinea)
Kurti (Admirality Islands)
Mangbetu (North-Eastern Zaire) (voiced and voiceless! according to
 J. B. de Carvalho)
Mewun (Vanuatu) (voiced and voiceless! according to J. Spanne)
Na?ahai (Admirality Islands)
Ngwe (Cameroon)
Nweh (Cameroon) (perhaps identical to Ngwe?)
Piraha (allophone of /b/)
Titan (New Guinea)
Uripiv (Vanuatu)
some dialects of Yi (Tibeto-Burman)

Other languages were made known to me which do not have a simple
bilabial trill but a bilabial trill with accompanying dental closure
(something like tB):

Abkhaz (possible realisation of the phoneme /tw/)
Oro Win
Wari

According to M. Ward, a language in Nigeria called Rindre, Nungu,
Wamba and a few other names possesses a labiodental flap.

Several respondents referred my to Ladefodged and Madiesson "The
Sounds of the World's Languages", Oxford: Blackwell 1995 which I have
not yet been able to consult.

Carsten Peust
Seminar of Egyptology and Coptology
Goettingen
cpeustgwdg.de
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