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augias - 2011-04-21

Dude awesome. How the hell do you make such a good popping sound

kennydra - 2011-04-21

I tried. I can make a great popping sound, but not inside a word. damn you tongue!!

sjohnson301 - 2011-04-21

"I Don't Understand" is by far the hardest phrase to pronounce, which doesn't help things.

Jet Bin Fever - 2011-04-22

A confused look is a lot more effective.

chumbucket - 2011-04-21

too bad none of these required whistles

Grandmaster Funk - 2011-04-21

No known language requires whistles, although some have whistle-based paralinguistic codes. And the rapping kids weren't speaking a click language at all, or at least didn't use any clicks. The "clicks and whistles" thing is kind of racist, to be frank.

pbl648 - 2011-04-21

Shona is reported to have whistled sibilants.

Comrade Admiral - 2011-04-21

Yeah, with Shona though, it's not the case that any of its phonemic inventory consists of actual whistles, but rather that its syllable template allows for initial consonant clusters like [zv] and [sf]. These sound kind of like whistles, but they are not, not in the same sense that click consonants are distinct phonemes.

Ursa_minor - 2011-04-21

I spent 2 hours trying to make the ASCII sign for "football player busting through the wall and beating you fags up", but it just looked like R2D2 buying a couple of saxophones.

Twitch - 2011-04-21

These are for you, sir.

urbanelf - 2011-04-21

Chumbucket, sure, none of these phrases REQUIRED whistles, but you are certainly free to improvise.

Jet Bin Fever - 2011-04-22

Thanks Ursa. I've always been astounded by the level of beard stroking in some of these comments.

pbl648 - 2011-04-22

I stroked your mother's beard.

charmlessman - 2011-04-21

*tsk* Homie.

charmlessman - 2011-04-21

*tsk* Homie gay.

charmlessman - 2011-04-21

It's a pity.

TheQuakeSoldier - 2011-04-21

This one was actually an "oh shit" moment because even today we use "*tsk* aww" to signify disappointment. That shit is primal I guess.

Sputum - 2011-04-21

They are from Namibia, not the lower paleolithic era, racist ass hat.

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2011-04-22

Yeah,"primal" indicates stone age technology.

No language is really primal. Though the older or isolated a language group you delve into, the more likely it is to be ergatic.

Also, I've read a little about southern African languages enough to know that if I study them my head would explode. Still, fascinating.

Buggerman - 2011-04-22

I learned!

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