Re: What's that Exclamation mark doing anyway?

J. Moore (
Fri, 27 Oct 95 10:29:00 -0500

DC> Anyone know how to pronounce !Kung?
DC> Why is that considered a useful transliteration? The exclaimation mark
DC> doesn't seem to say much
DC> about the pronunciation - or is it for inflection?
DC> --
DC> David Chan (

It's a "tongue-click", which I can't describe very well on-line,
and which I can't do properly. I've heard Richard Lee do them,
and it's simply a click tied up in the pronunciation, in the same
way that "th" provides a different sound than "t" (or "dj" in the
old spelling style of Indonesian provides a subtle variation of
"j") -- only it's a click sound instead.

Jim Moore (

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