Hey people, can you help me to learn how to pronounce implosives?
OK, what I know is that stops or plosives have basically three phases... One in which you form the closure in your mouth and, the moment when you release the stop and the time between the release of the stop and the onset of voice (if the next sound is a voiced consonant or a vowel)...
Now, this is me pronouncing [ba], [da] and [ga]: http://vocaroo.com/i/s099zvZP90od
When I try to pronounce the syllables while inhaling air instead of exhaling, I get this:
[ɓa↓]? [ɗa↓]? [ɠa↓]? (I don't know if this is the correct transcription=
However, this does not sound good at all. Rather like throat cancer than like human speech...
So I drew the conclusion that vowels in languages such as Vietnamese can only be egressive, which would mean that the airstream changes the direction from ingressive to egressive as soon as the implosive stop is released. I don't know if my assumption is correct or not, but this is my second try to pronounce implosive consonants correctly without "inhaling" the vowels too:
However, this sounds rather like someone with a hick up to me and I think that even though I inserted some undefinable ingressive elements between the syllables (I don't know if you can classify that weird hick-up tone as a consonants), I think my stops are still completely egressive in the last recording.
Do you have any advice what I should do next? I have never had difficulties with pronouncing ejectives or clicks or even pharyngeal consonants, but those implosives get me