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Life Sciences => Plant Sciences, Zoology & Evolution => Topic started by: TurkeySloth on 26/12/2018 22:20:51

Title: What Sounds Could talking snakes make?
Post by: TurkeySloth on 26/12/2018 22:20:51
This is very likely to be the wrong place for this question because it, technically, deals with science fiction in the form of anthropomopic snakes and language. However, I can't remember the site with a xeno/exobiology forum I posted about my roleplay setting on before. Thus, feel free to point me to a more appropriate site/forum, if necessary. Are there any non-labial, non-voiced phonemes an anthropomorpic snake couldn't make with base-species-correct anatomy?
Title: Re: What Sounds Could talking snakes make?
Post by: Kryptid on 26/12/2018 22:28:49
Their tongue is far thinner than ours and their lips are far less mobile. That would likely impact their ability to talk even if they had human-level intelligence and a voice box. Then again, a parrot's beak is much different from our mouth but they can emulate our speech pretty impressively.
Title: Re: What Sounds Could talking snakes make?
Post by: TurkeySloth on 26/12/2018 23:30:11
Their tongue is far thinner than ours and their lips are far less mobile. That would likely impact their ability to talk even if they had human-level intelligence and a voice box. Then again, a parrot's beak is much different from our mouth but they can emulate our speech pretty impressively.

I'm aware of this. Hence, the more precise wording in my post. As of now, Harry Potter's Parsletongue is the only example I have near what I want (first conlang in the fourth video in a YouTube search for "accent expert"). I'm, basically, trying to see if anthro snakes could produce, say, palatals/laterals (cf. [ʎ̝̊]) and velars (cf. [k]).
Title: Re: What Sounds Could talking snakes make?
Post by: jimbobghost on 30/12/2018 23:33:16
I would imagine a talking snake would likely say

" come closssther, thweeetie, let me kisssthh your lippthhess."