Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus

K vs Q, sounds of

I've noticed that I pronounce "K" and "Q" differently.

K is shorter, Q is longer.
K is harder, Q is softer.
K is started with a full stop, Q is not.
K starts and stops. Q is practically a sibilant, and I can drag it out.
Between the two, my tongue makes a different shape and touches the roof of my mouth in a different spot.

Now I need to find an expert in Phonetics, to tell me the IPA symbol and name for my K and Q sounds, and to tell me if this is idiosyncratic or not.

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