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The findings show that 87 percent of the languages with ejectives included in the study are located within 500 km of a region of high elevation on all continents.
Other unfamiliar phonemes also suggest word breaks: ejectives in (f and 1), and an aspirated uvular in (j).
In Nootka voiceless stops may be distinctively ejective, and dorsals may bear distinctive secondary labialization.
Iraqw orthography is phonemic and uses / for the voiced pharyngeal obstruent, hh for its voiceless counterpart, `for glottal stop, hl for the voiceless lateral fricative, y for the glide, ch for the voiceless palatal affricate, q for the voiceless uvular stop, x for the voiceless velar stop, ng for the nasal velar, ts for the voiceless ejective alveolar affricate, and tl for the voiceless ejective palatal affricate with lateral release.
Since the book under review deals with historical phonetics, special mention should be made of the glottalized or ejective pronunciation of some consonants, of the rounded or labialized consonants, and of the considerable number of palatalized consonants, features that are not known in the other Semitic languages.
Lonnet and Simeone-Serelle also confirm that the emphatic consonants of MSA are glottalized rather than pharyngealized, placing MSA with Ethiopic, against Arabic; this supports the conclusion that Proto-Semitic emphatics were glottalized ejectives.