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tarvos
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 Message 9 of 15
18 June 2015 at 2:53pm | IP Logged 
don't make your vocal cords vibrate (act as if you're going to blow out air before the r)

Edited by tarvos on 18 June 2015 at 2:53pm

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 Message 10 of 15
18 June 2015 at 3:08pm | IP Logged 
Try to say hr, that is put your tongue in the position of an r, but then speak an h, which means blowing air through your mouth without any vibration of the vocal cords.

By the way, voiceless r is pretty easy. Voiceless m and n are much trickier IMHO.
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 Message 11 of 15
24 June 2015 at 1:45pm | IP Logged 
Thank you Josquin!

Are there any particular rules on when the use the voiced and voiceless r? At the end of words, in always seems to be voiceless?
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 Message 12 of 15
24 June 2015 at 2:11pm | IP Logged 
Icelandic has final devoicing, even for sounds like /r/, /l/ and /m/ or /n/ if I'm not
mistaken. The "final" in final devoicing usually refers the end of a syllable (we have
this in German too, but not for all consonants)

Edited by daegga on 24 June 2015 at 2:13pm

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 Message 13 of 15
27 June 2015 at 7:54am | IP Logged 
daegga wrote:
Icelandic has final devoicing, even
for sounds like /r/, /l/ and /m/ or /n/ if I'm not
mistaken. The "final" in final devoicing usually
refers the end of a syllable (we have
this in German too, but not for all consonants)


How can someone possibly devoice liquids and
nasals?! That's it, I'm outta here.
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 Message 14 of 15
27 June 2015 at 1:31pm | IP Logged 
It's actually pretty easy, at least in isolation. Just do not let your vocal chords
vibrate, like with every other voiceless consonant ;)
The volcano Etna is actually often pronounced with a voiceless n in German, so we
have a reference for the sound.

Edited by daegga on 27 June 2015 at 1:35pm

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 Message 15 of 15
27 June 2015 at 6:19pm | IP Logged 
Yeah I guess you're right. I find it extremely difficult to do in words though, since
I'm used to voice liquids and nasals in every context, especially if they are
surrounded by vowels.
Thanks, this now gives me yet another reason as to why I'll never learn that devilish
language.


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