Saturday, December 1, 2007

baqaqi ts'qalishi qiqinebs

There is a Georgian tongue-twister: ბაყაყი წყალში ყიყინებს (baqaqi ts'qalishi qiqinebs) ‘the frog in the water croaks’. (If the Georgian alphabet probably doesn’t display properly, one may download and install the BGP Classic font.) Here’s a video of an interview with Katie Melua, where she pronounces the phrase. The characters transcribed as q and ts' are a uvular ejective (stop) and alveolar ejective (affricate) respectively.

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Blogger alienvoord said...

Too bad there's some crosstalk when she says it. I can't really hear the ts'q. If I had time I'd make a spectrogram. I'd like to see if there's an epenthetic vowel between them or what.

December 2, 2007 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger zmjezhd said...

Yes, I was a little miffed at the MC talking over her demo. And, yes, the Georgians give the Czechs and the Slovaks a run for their vowelless money.

December 3, 2007 at 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


November 15, 2008 at 9:18 PM  

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