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Query Subject:   Setswana and Sesothu clicks
Author:   Nick Reid
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics
Phonology
Syntax
Subject Language(s):  Tswana


Query:   The two snippets of text below have been given to me by Setswana and
Sesothu speakers on my campus. My interest is in the
place-of-articulation/manner-of-release of the clicks, by I have no
expertise in these languages. Orthographic tl sounds to me like a
dental click with lateral release. Orthographic q sounds to me like an
alveolar click. Can anyone with knowledge of these languages help out?
I further believe that some words in both these languages are written
with orthographic qh, and I'd like to know whether that represents a
distinct phonemic click, or just a different spelling convention. (Of
course the answers may not be the same for both languages)

Sesothu.
Ke tlo u qoqela moqoqo o qalang leqepheng la ho qetela.
I fut you tell story that starts page the
last one
I'm going to tell you the story that starts on the last page.

Setswana.
Ke bone ntlole a tlolatlola mo tshimong ya ditloo ka letlatlan.
I saw squirrel that jumping in garden of peas in evening
I saw a squirrel jumping in a garden of peas in the evening.

any advice, gratefully received, should be sent direct to nreid@metz.une.edu.au
thanks in advance
Nick Reid

Dr Nicholas Reid
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
University of New England
Armidale 2351, AUSTRALIA

ph: +61 [0]2 6773 3400
fax: +61 [0]2 6773 3735
email: nreid@metz.une.edu.au
website: http://www.une.edu.au/~arts/Linguist/linguist.htm
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LL Issue: 10.1210
Date posted: 17-Aug-1999



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