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  Recently I encountered another thrill consonant, the uvular trill. I’d stranded by coronal trill in learning Italian. Coronal trill is not easy for me and I had taken several hours to optimize producing this sound. This time, the thrill consonant that I hope to acquire is the uvular trill, which is produced in modern German. After looking up in Wikipedia, I would like to memo my results here.

  The most common thrill consonants can be categorized into these three:
  [r] - coronal trill. Example: Spanish, Italian, Czech.
  [ʙ] - bilabial trill, the less common one. Example: Baka, Kele, Pirahã.
  [ʀ] - uvular trill. Example: French, modern Standard German.

How to produce this [ʀ] - uvular trill

1. User DaleC in WorldReference forum had a summarize the process into 3 steps. I should quote it here.

  Stage 1. Relax the tongue to that the tongue's upper pharyngeal portion (or maybe rather the part of the tongue where the upper pharyngeal portion meets the oral portion) comes closer to the uvula and throat.

  Stage 2. Pull the relevant portion of the tongue forward AND KEEP IT LOW, as described above, and at the same time pull the soft palate up and forward.

  Stage 3. As the tension in the soft palate increases and as you exhale a little more strongly, the uvula will vibrate against the tongue.

2.Flash tutor of page “Phonetics: The Sounds of English and Spanish” from The University of Iowa:


  Click German and then select frikative category. Active instruction of this uvular trill is available.







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