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Query Details

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

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics
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)

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.

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
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
LL Issue: 10.1210
Date posted: 17-Aug-1999


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