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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000181.txt from 2005/04

Subj: RE: [kl] RE: flutter tongueing
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 12:30:14 -0400

In a message dated 4/11/2005 11:07:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time, "dnleeson" <> writes:

>What Ed says about some people being unable to duplicated the
>Spanish rolled R is undoubtedly related in some unclear way to
>the genetic inability of some people to roll their tongue into an
>upper circle. They just cannot do it.
>While many (but not all) can make the upper circle, far fewer can
>make the lower circle.  I was told the tongue motion of this
>nature is a genetically controlled aspect of humans.
>Dan Leeson

If the ability to produce a Spanish rolled "r", and thus the abiity to flutter tongue, is controlled by genetics, then would it not follow that a number of Spanish-speaking people are genetically unable to produce a sound required by their own language? Is this the case?
Sue Schwaegler

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