[Ads-l] belt/belch

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 10 19:45:59 UTC 2015

On Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 4:12 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

> In my phonetics classes, I grossed out my students by demonstrating
> phonation with esophogeal airstream.

When I was a young'un, back in the '40's and '50's, this was a method of
speaking taught to those throat-cancer survivors unlucky enough not to be
able to use one of those buzzing devices.

Of course, in those days, it didn't strike anyone as gross. You just felt
sorry for the guy.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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