This strange sound can mean âyesâ in the Swedish language.
I actually grew up using a somewhat similar form for âyesâ â a short âyeahâ or âyepâ said on an inhaled breath. I learned in a phonetics class many years later that ingressive âyeah/yepâ is considered a unique feature of the Canadian Maritimes, especially more rural areas. The rest of the class was pretty baffled but it seems totally natural to me! I think I use it less now but it might also be subconscious sometimes. (Of course, you donât have to say yeah/yep as ingressive, itâs just an option. And itâs generally only found when theyâre said in isolation, not as the beginning of a longer sentence.)Â
You also occasionally get ingressive âno/nopeâ but itâs less common, and I think lots of dialects do ingressive numbers occasionally if youâre counting aloud and donât want to pause to breathe in. And itâs possible to say a whole sentence or two on an in-breath with practice, although I donât know of any language that uses it robustly, as more than just a trick.Â
Anyone know any other languages or dialects with ingressives? Is there something about affirmatives that make them particularly likely to be ingressive, even if nothing else is? It seems likely that if youâre going to get ingressives with just one set of words, interjections would probably be a good class.Â
(Of course thereâs also the nasal ingressive voiceless velar trill.)
omg this is so cute