Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

The Social Origins of Language

By Daniel Dor

Presents a new theoretical framework for the origins of human language and sets key issues in language evolution in their wider context within biological and cultural evolution


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-Based Approach

By Thomas Hoffmann

This is the first study that empirically investigates preposition placement across all clause types. The study compares first-language (British English) and second-language (Kenyan English) data and will therefore appeal to readers interested in world Englishes. Over 100 authentic corpus examples are discussed in the text, which will appeal to those who want to see 'real data'


New from Brill!

ad

Free Access 4 You

Free access to several Brill linguistics journals, such as Journal of Jewish Languages, Language Dynamics and Change, and Brill’s Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics.


Query Details


Query Subject:   Paralinguistic clicks
Author:   Mark Jones
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   DEAR LINGUISTS,

IT'S COMMON IN THE PHONETIC LITERATURE (E.G. JOHN LAVER (1994) "PRINCIPLES OF PHONETICS": 175, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS) TO SEE CLICK CONSONANTS (VELARIC INGRESSIVE SOUNDS) DESCRIBED AS RARE AS CONTRASTIVE UNITS, BUT COMMON PARALINGUISTICALLY. I'M AWARE OF THEIR PHONOLOGICAL DISTRIBUTION, BUT I DON'T KNOW OF ANY DETAILED SURVEY OF PARALINGUISTIC USAGE.

IN (BRITISH) ENGLISH WE HAVE TWO PARALINGUISTIC CLICKS: THE DENTAL CLICK ([/]), WRITTEN AS EITHER "TUT" OR "TSK", AND THE LATERAL CLICK ([//]), WHICH AS FAR AS I'M AWARE HAS NO WRITTEN FORM. THE DENTAL "TUT/TSK" USUALLY OCCURS DOUBLED, I.E. AS "TUT TUT" OR "TSK TSK" TO INDICATE DISAPPROVAL. THE LATERAL CLICK (ALSO DOUBLED) IS THE SOUND MADE TO ENCOURAGE A HORSE TO MOVE. THERE IS, OF COURSE, ALSO THE BILABIAL CLICK ([0]) WHICH IS A KISS. I DON'T INCLUDE THIS AS PARALINGUISTIC, BECAUSE IT IS WHAT IT SYMBOLISES.

I'D LIKE TO CCONDUCT AS WIDE A CROSS-LINGUISTIC SURVEY AS POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE:

1) WHETHER CLICKS ARE WIDELY USED PARALINGUISTICALLY;
2) WHICH CLICKS ARE USED PARALINGUISTICALLY;
3) WHAT THE CLICK SOUNDS SYMBOLISE;
4) WHETHER 'DOUBLING' OF THE CLICK IS COMMON, E.G. AS IN ENGLISH "TUT TUT".

I'D ALSO LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT WRITING CONVENTIONS FOR THE PARALINGUISTIC CLICKS. DOES ENGLISH HAVE A PREFERENCE FOR "TUT" OR "TSK", DOES [//] HAVE A WRITTEN FORM? WHAT DO OTHER LANGUAGES DO?

I'D BE VERY GRATEFUL IF LIST USERS WOULD CONTRIBUTE ANY INFORMATION ON THEIR NATIVE OR NEAR-NATIVE LANGUAGES TO ME AT THE FOLLOWING MAIL ADDRESS (SET UP TO KEEP MY UNIVERSITY MAIL VOLUME DOWN):

PARALINGUISTIC_CLICKS@HOTMAIL.COM

I'LL POST A SUMMARY, BUT I'D LIKE TO GIVE USERS A FEW WEEKS TO RESPOND.

MANY THANKS!

MARK JONES
DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
MJJ13@CAM.AC.UK
LL Issue: 14.762
Date posted: 17-Mar-2003



Back

Sums main page