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sxs, serendipity and seal fat

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One of the beauties of open-source is the massive input and the random lessons, particularly striking after yesterday's post on kids' texting codes. Opening wiktionary to check some IPA details, I came across sxs and thought, what the?... then read, "seal fat". So not what I thought. In IPA, international phonetic alphabet, it does have a soupçon of a vowel: [sxʲs], but not much. I remembered a conversation with VJ, my niece, about spoken words not being possible without vowels and thought hmm... This is from the Nuxálk language of Bella Coola, British Columbia, quote: "known for long strings of obstruents without any intervening vowels, such as xłp̓x̣ʷłtłpłłskʷc̓ IPA(key): [xɬpʼχʷɬtʰɬpʰɬːskʷʰt͡sʼ]", a fascinating discovery for its revealing a normalcy in strangeness. Just because we (of the Indo-European language bent) have difficulty with languages like Nuxálk, Georgian and Xhosa doesn't mean they are actually difficult.

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Guest samedi, 07 décembre 2019
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