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Have ejective consonants ever arisen on their own?

It is almost true, in the sense that there are nearly no cases of ejectives unambiguously developing and clearly without external influence. There are two good candidates, though: Yapese and Waimoa. ...
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What is Proto-Semitic *x̣?

One page further (p. 587), Huehnergard gives as one of the changes from Proto-Semitic to Old Babylonian: Common Semitic *ḫ and *x̣ merged to ḫ (Huehnergard 2003):      *ḫamisum > ḫamšum ‘five’; *...
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Good audio resources for the ejective consonants

The best reference source is the UCLA phonetics collection, here (you will notice a lot of other interesting sound categories). I have strong reservations about using Wiki exemplars which are not ...
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What is Proto-Semitic *x̣?

Today´s consensus is that the emphatic sounds were realized as glottalized (as, e.g., in Akkadian), not as pharyngalized (cf., e.g., Arabic). Therefore, one for a root, no more (in Akkadian, known as ...
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Are there languages with contrasting unvoiced aspirated, unaspirated, and ejective stops?

This is quite common. I would argue that that Georgian pattern is almost the same thing as the aspirated-unvoiced-ejective pattern. This variant where the plain stop is voiced occurs frequently in ...
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Amharic Emphatics vs Arabic pharyngeals

In fact, the emphatic consonants do not contrast with the pharyngealized consonants, since the latter are a subgroup of the former: In Semitic linguistics, an emphatic consonant is an obstruent ...
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Why are voiced ejectives impossible?

Voicing requires higher subglottal pressure than supraglottal pressure. When the larynx lowers, the supraglottal cavity increases in size and the subglottal cavity decreases, which means that ...
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Amharic Emphatics vs Arabic pharyngeals

You would be comprehensible if the rest of your Amharic was mostly "right" (conformed reasonably closely to some dialect). That is, messing with the ejectives doesn't render your speech ...
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