Chapter 2. The Phonology of Polar Eskimo
Chapter 2 The Phonology of Polar Eskimo The phonology of Polar Eskimo is taxing, and far more problematic than the other Greenlandic dialects. One of the reasons for this is the appar- ent lack of consistency in pronouncing certain phonemes. Occasionally, the same informant would pronounce the same phrase in different ways at different times. There are marked distinctions between variety A and variety B speakers, but the articulation of certain phonemes such as the glottal stop and the heavily uvularised /r/ seems to differ from speaker to speaker within variety B, in particular. To give an idea of the realisation of the various phonemes, there fol- lows below a short story written by myself describing a real encounter with a polar bear in the month of March 2011 whilst living in Savissivik. An incomplete phonetic analysis is provided. This story was read out on Kap York Radio and was well received in the sense that it was understood. The story is written using the orthography that I use in the glossary: Qanornauk unikkaajaaqtunga-ajoq? Nalorhorruiga, kihiani ammaqa unikkaarin- ialujaaralarikka qanga uanga taimani hior’ddermik Haviggivimmi i’ddulinga, aukta nanorruaq nunaqarvimmut qani’ddiartoraa. Pihoqtut, uanga nanomik takugamahorulugguugama. Tupinnanngitsoq, uanga tuluk. Uanga februarimmi Haviggivimmut tiki’qqaartunga. Hamani, januarimi, februarimilu piniartorruit qan- gali a’qqanik mar’dduk nanut piniarqaartut. Unnuakkut, pingahut, hini’ddunga qanga ite’qqaartunga pihortut Qaor’ddoqtoq kahuttortoq. Tupaqihunga aukta takorngale- qihunga. Qaor’ddoqtoq oqaqtoq uanga tassanngakkut anijaartunga pihortut hilami, Haviggivimmi, nanorruaq. Nanoq, hunaa. Uanga aperihunga pilugginnartutit? Nalunngikiiga qanoq inugguit ha’dduqittaihut. Hilami, ikkeernartorruaq, kiassuheq minus fem aukta traavi. Uanga annoraamik kamahu’dduni...
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