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Re: Lama haters unite

Poster: Tanner Lovelace <lovelace@acm.org>

On Mon, 16 Jun 1997 viking@groupz.net wrote:

> It might help to remember that the correct pronunciation of llama is
> actually yama, the rule for 2 ll's together in Spanish.  Just like the real
> pronunciation of Estrella is Es-tra-ya.
> An Ex-Atenveldter
> Lady G

That's close, but not exactly right.  The spanish ll more acurately
should sound like a cross between an "l" and a "y".  If you notice 
when you say an "l", the tip of your tongue is on the back of your
front teeth.  When you say an "ll", the flat of your tongue should
be in this location.  When you say a "y", the flat of your tongue
is on the roof of your mouth.  When you say the "ll", depending on
how much of your tongue ends up on the roof of your mouth, in addition
to the tongue at the back of the teeth controls how much it sounds
like a "y" and how much it sounds like an "ly", and tends to account
for regional differences in sound.

Kendrick Wayfarer
(mka Tanner Lovelace, who has a B.A. in Spanish)
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