yes and no

Hewitt, Stephen s.hewitt at UNESCO.ORG
Thu Apr 6 05:46:57 UTC 2006

Michael Daniel wrote:

"In the Caucasus what apparently is a non-phonological click is also 
commonly used for 'no'."

This is probably Ottoman in origin, as it is used in Greek, Turkish and Levantine dialects of Arabic. In none of those languages, however, is it the only way of saying "no"; it is thus more akin to English "hunh-unh" for "no".

Steve Hewitt

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